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Perennials Below 1'H

Find perennials that remain below 1 foot high under most conditions. These plants are perfectly suited for the front of the perennial border, garden, and landscape and many are suitable for groundcovers beneath larger plants and as spillers for containers and over walls. Some of the lower growing perennials in this group, like Frogfruit, may also be suitable for popping in between pavers and as an excellent lawn replacement. Growing conditions and how well a plant is established may affect it's ultimate size.

 

A single 4-6' high bluish green stalk is topped by unusual, almost alien, green and yellow flowers in summer atop a low rosette of smooth succulent Aloe-like foliage. The yellow anthers resemble a slightly cupped upward facing hand and are situated below the inconspicuous female flowers that develop into rounded capsules filled with black seeds once mature. False Aloe, Manfreda virginica, is an herbaceous perennial whose foliage dies back to the caudex-like bulb in winter and then returns in spring. Even though it is a succulent, it generally flowers best under average moist conditions. Its flowers attract both bees and hummingbirds but is primarily moth pollinated making it a good choice for Moon Moth Gardens as well as in the garden, landscape, as a container plant, and in naturalistic settings. Item# 11778

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,10,11,(6?,5?,4??)
Grows To: 4-8''H x 8-16''W plant, 4-6'H flowering spike
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Partial shade, Partial sun
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Wave after wave of fragrant blue to blue-purple flowers with a contrasting orange eye are produced in dense spikes from spring to fall. Flutterby Petite® Blue Heaven Butterfly Bush is a densely branching compact deciduous shrub with gray-green foliage that makes colorful addition to the garden and landscape but is small enough to use in medium-sized containers. The fragrant flowers of Buddleias are excellent for attracting butterflies, bees, and a host of other garden beneficials. Item# 11445

Grows To: 24-30''H x 24-30''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
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1" wide dark maroon pipe-like flowers are edged and veined in soft yellow and are edged in a loose yellow fringe and are borne from spring to fall. The 2-3" wide rounded to heart shaped foliage is accented by white veins and is used by the Pipevine Swallowtail as a host plant. Use Fringed Dutchman's Pipevine as a hardy deciduous groundcover, allow it to spill from containers, or in hanging baskets to better display the unusual flowers. Item# 9681.

Grows To: 8-14"H x 12-24"W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Frog Fruit, Turkey Tangle Frogfruit

Phyla nodiflora, Lippia incisa, L. reptans, L. nodiflora

A low growing member of the Verbena family Frogfruit makes a beautiful, easy groundcover that is covered by tiny heads of dainty, nectar filled white flowers from late spring to fall. They enjoy moist soils but are moderately drought resistant once well established. A food source for the Common Buckeye, Phaon Crescent, and White Peacock butterfly caterpillars as well as a nectar source for a host of pollinators. Item# 10524.

Grows To: 3-12"H and spreading to 3
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
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Glowing Magenta Kunth's Sundrop, Evening Primrose

Oenothera kunthiana 'Glowing Magenta'

The eye-catching rich magenta 4-petaled flowers open in the morning and are produced from mid to late spring through summer atop the 8-12" high mounds of dark green foliage. Glowing Magenta Kunth's Sundrops or Evening Primrose is a day flowering annual to short-lived perennial Oenothera with a mounding to trailing habit growing about as wide as high. It will perform best in a hot sunny site with a well-drained soil and is somewhat drought resistant once well-established. The bright almost neon pink flowers attract bees and other garden beneficials. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 12138

Grows To: 12-18"H x 12-18"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Great Clorox Disaster Paraguayan Night Shade, Blue Potato Bush, Solanum Vine

Lycianthes rantonnetii 'Great Clorox Disaster', Solanum rantonnetii

Bright creamy white and bluish green variegated foliage adorn the trailing stems and act as a contrasting foil for the royal purple, saucer shaped flowers that are produced throughout the growing season and may be followed by decorative bright red berries. The foliage alone makes it worth growing as a specimen plant or use it as a bright spiller or thrilling groundcover beneath larger plants. An especially beautiful form of Variegated Paraguayan Night Shade, the Great Clorox Disaster can also be trained onto a trellis and as a tree form. Item# 11039

Grows To: 8-16"H x 2-3
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade (Part shade in S regions)
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Home Fires Creeping Phlox

Phlox stolonifera 'Home Fires'

Clusters of dark pink flowers are borne in abundance in early spring atop the low lush green foliage of this hardy native evergreen groundcover and although it spreads by stolons, it's short stature allows it to fill in beneath and around larger plants. An excellent choice for deciduous shade or partially shaded areas with average moisture. Phlox are great for butterflies! Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries. Item#10316.

Grows To: 2-4"H x 12-18"W+
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Honeybells™ Cigar Plant, Cuphea

Cuphea 'Balhoelrel' PPAF

1" long tubular red to deep pinkish red flowers tipped in yellow are produced from spring to frost on low compact plants whose semi-trailing stems seem to be weighed down by the profusion of flowers. Along with Vermillionaire™, Honeybells™ Cuphea or Cigar Plant is one of the most exciting Cuphea hybrids to emerge in recent years! Its compact semi-weeping habit make it a perfect hanging basket or container specimen or place it near the front of the border in gardens and landscapes where it is sure to shine throughout the growing season. Honeybells™ Cigar Plant earned the Award of Distinction in the 2019 University of Georgia trials and received very high marks, 4.84 out of 5, in 2019 trials at Penn State. Provide a full sun to partly shaded location in an average moist, fertile, average to well-drained soil. The red tubular flowers are sure to draw in hummingbirds and larger butterflies. Images courtesy of Ball Horticulture, all rights reserved. Item# 11997

Grows To: 10-12"H x 16-24"W possibly slightly larger with age in frost free climates
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

The large, 3-4" wide, frilly daisies of Honeysong Stokesia or Stokes Aster are a true royal purple with centers that darken with age and include tinges of red near the center of the flowers. Stokesia is a tough as nails clump forming native perennial with a tidy habit and long flowering season. The flowers attract a myriad of pollinators and the plants are rarely bothered by pests, deer, and rabbits. Provide a full to mostly sunny position for optimum vigor and flowering. A super easy long lived perennial that readily multiplies into dense clumps. Stokesia also makes a good cut flower for fresh arrangements. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, all rights reserved. Item# 11628

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 10-12''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Katie Blue Ruellia, Dwarf Ruellia, Dwarf Mexican Petunia, Desert Petunia, Mexican Blue Bells, Florida Bluebells

Ruellia caerulea 'Blue Katie', R. brittonia, R. tweediana, R. malacosperma

A lovely dwarf perennial Mexican Petunia that produces bluish purple flowers from spring to frost on a low mounding plant. It makes a great border, or groundcover, and does well in containers. Item # 10857.

Grows To: 6-12"H x 8-12"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

Kyoto Serissa

Serissa foetida 'Kyoto'

Very tiny and dense dark green foliage adorns this slow growing miniature Serissa. A good choice for bonsai or as a house plant, and outdoors in zone 9 and warmer. Item # 2180.

Grows To: 12''H x 10''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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La Bufa Rosa White Rainlily

Zephyranthes 'La Bufa Rosa White'

Widely flaring white, up to 2" wide flowers are borne from spring through fall with flowers appearing in greatest abundance after rains. With arching to upright narrow strap-like foliage and excellent durability rainlilies make a good choice for the front of the perennial border. Use them in mass plantings to great effect. Multiplies readily and often readily reseed. Tolerant of sun or shade and wet or dry although the best flowering is likely to occur with a sunnier location. Item# 10934.

Grows To: 10-12''H x 12-14''W
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Lily Pies Rainlily

Zephyranthes La Bufa Rosa Group 'Lily Pies'

The large, 2" wide, widely flaring, upward facing flowers are of the purest white with the tips of each petal painted with an ever deepening pink. The arching, dark green, narrow strap-like foliage creates the perfect foil for this beautiful Yucca Do selection. Lily Pies Rainlily is from the La Bufa Rosa Group (syn. Labuffarosa, Labuffarosea) rainlily group known for its flower power and reliable garden performance. Plant them where you can enjoy them up close- near a path, at the front of the garden, or even in containers. Rainlilies are durable garden perennials that quickly multiply into a groundcovering mass of foliage and flowers, after the rains of course. Rainlilies are easy to enjoy and should be in everyone's garden. 3 plants per pot. In limited supply. Item# 10465.

Grows To: 6-10''H x 12-14''W
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
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The variegated glossy arrowhead shaped foliage has dark green veining and lighter patches in between. The Little Brown Jug plant, Hexastylis arifolia var. arifolia, is a clump forming evergreen perennial native to much of the southeastern US as far west as eastern Louisiana (where these plants originated). It is typically found in shaded, well-drained sandy loam soils. It gets its name from the interesting purple to brown jug shaped flowers that lay on the ground at the base of the plant and are produced in summer. A member of the Aristolochiaceae family, Dutchman's Pipe family, but is not a host for the Pipevine Swallowtail as far as we know. Little Brown Jugs makes a nice addition to shaded gardens and can also be enjoyed as a low maintenance container plant. Item# 11766

Grows To: 4-8"H x 8-12"W
Outdoor Light: Shade, Light shade, Filtered shade, Cool sunlight
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A beautiful and compact selection of our native Woodland Phlox, Louisiana Blue produces large clusters of purplish-blue flowers that are held above the rich green foliage in early spring. An easy to grow groundcover that does well in deciduous shade since it is a winter and early spring growing perennial. Provide a well-drained soil, acid soil with partial shade during summer for the best results. Item# 9410.

Grows To: 6-12"H space at 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

Mac's Double Purple Spiderwort, Tradescantia, Lady's Tears

Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Mac's Double Purple'

Clusters of 1 1/2" wide, light lavender double to single flowers sit atop the sturdy stems beginning in late spring with flowering continuing through much of summer on established plants. Mac's Double Purple Spiderwort is a unique double flowered selection of this durable and reliable native perennial. The perfect addition to any cottage garden, low maintenance landscapes, and in containers. Easy and carefree. Item# 11112

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 8-12''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Mac's Double Purple Spiderwort, Tradescantia, Lady's Tears

Tradescantia x andersoniana 'Mac's Double Purple'

Clusters of 1 1/2" wide, light lavender double to single flowers sit atop the sturdy stems beginning in late spring with flowering continuing through much of summer on established plants. Mac's Double Purple Spiderwort is a unique double flowered selection of this durable and reliable native perennial. The perfect addition to any cottage garden, low maintenance landscapes, and in containers. Easy and carefree. Item# 11681

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 8-12''H x 18-24''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Meehan's Mint, Creeping Mint

Meehania cordata

Whorls of 1" long tubular violet-blue flowers on 3" high spikes are accented with lighter white lips dotted with violet are produced atop the low 1-2" high rich green trailing foliage. The mid to late spring flowers attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Something of a Lamium look-alike and considered a good native replacement for Ajuga, Meehan's Mint, Meehania cordata, is an unaggressive low trailing stoloniferous mat-forming native perennial well-suited to moist to periodically dry, well-drained soils in shaded sites. It appears to be most common in West Virginia with populations spilling over into most adjoing states. Meehan's Mint can be added as a groundcover for shaded gardens or spilling from containers as a specimen for a shaded porch or patio. Images courtesy of North Creek Nurseries, all rights reserved. Item# 11978

Grows To: 1-4"H x 12-15"W space about 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Cool early morning sunlight, Filtered shade, Light shade, Shade
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Edged in broad bands of creamy white the medium green foliage of the Mezoo Variegated Ice Plant makes a wonderful low trailing plant to add to mixed container gardens, in hanging baskets, or in the ground. This is a drought resistant succulent perennial that produces finely petaled deep rosy red flowers that contrast nicely with the variegated foliage. Provide a well-drained soil and at least some sun for the best growth and flowering in a well-drained soil. Can be overwintered indoors where not hardy or use it as a vigorous annual. Item# 11235

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9B,10,11,(*9A?,*8B?)
Grows To: 2-6"H x 12-24"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun
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Shades of burnt orange, golden yellow, and green are randomly splashed across the glossy evergreen foliage of this durable groundcover. Salsa Jasmine or Ogon Nishiki Asiatic Jasmine creates a fiery splash of color anywhere in the garden or spilling from containers, over walls, or even from hanging baskets. Item# 941.

Grows To: 6-8''H and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
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Light lavender to white 1" blooms are borne at the base of the deep green rounded leaves. The Peacock Ginger is very low growing and compact ginger blooming continuously through summer. It can be grown in a shady garden where hardy or it makes an easy, low maintenance container plant for shaded porches and patios. The foliage of the Peacock Ginger goes dormant at the first sign of cool weather and during winter and re-emerges in spring once the ground temperatures have warmed. Multiplies readily once established. Item# 546

Grows To: 6''H x 12''W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade
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Pinewoods Lily, Purple Pleat-Leaf, Propeller Flower, Pine Lily

Alophia drummondii, Cypsella drummondii, etal.

Sturdy but dainty flower stalks produce small clusters of the 1-1/2 -2" wide, purple, iris-like flowers with a yellow center and can be found in flower from as early as March and often well into summer in our area. The flowers in the cluster open singly over a period of days. The pleated, medium to dark green colored foliage provides an interesting accessory for the delicate flowers. A durable native that grows from a small corm and goes dormant in fall and winter. Item# 10377.

Grows To: 6-24''H x 8-12''W
Outdoor Light: Part sun, Part shade, Light shade, Full sun
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The large rounded tropical foliage emerges a dark purplish red and soon lightens to a bronze-green with large pink patches in the middle of the leaf that provide the peacock-like design. Peacock Ginger is a slowly multiplying rhizomatous perennial for shaded gardens where its foliage is a standout. The light pink flowers emerge in spring before the foliage emerges. Item# 9920.

Grows To: 6''H x 16''W
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade
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2-1/2" wide, miniature Amaryllis-like flowers are white heavily blushed with pink toward the ends of the recurving petals. A wonderful and easy bulbous perennial, the Pink Rainlily or Brazilian Copper Lily flowers on and off from mid spring to fall and the flowers are held well-above the narrow, strap-like foliage. Item# 783.
 

Grows To: 8-12''H x 18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

A single 4-6' high bluish green stalk is topped by unusual, almost alien, green and yellow flowers in summer atop a low rosette of smooth succulent Aloe-like foliage. The yellow anthers resemble a slightly cupped upward facing hand and are situated below the inconspicuous female flowers that develop into rounded capsules filled with black seeds once mature. False Aloe, Manfreda virginica, is an herbaceous perennial whose foliage dies back to the caudex-like bulb in winter and then returns in spring. Even though it is a succulent, it generally flowers best under average moist conditions. Its flowers attract both bees and hummingbirds but is primarily moth pollinated making it a good choice for Moon Moth Gardens as well as in the garden, landscape, as a container plant, and in naturalistic settings. Item# 11778

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,10,11,(6?,5?,4??)
Grows To: 4-8''H x 8-16''W plant, 4-6'H flowering spike
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Partial shade, Partial sun
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