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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.

 

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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Large clusters of lightly fragrant very pale-blue flowers, that appear white from any distance, are produced in early spring and are held well above the deep dark green foliage. May Breeze Phlox was selected by renown Netherland landscape architect Piet Oudolf for its vigor and near white coloration. This Woodland Phlox  is an excellent choice for lightly to partially shaded gardens, as a groundcover under deciduous trees. Provide shade during the hottest portion of the day in hot summer climates and a well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Easy and reliable once established. The flowers provide early spring nectar to butterflies and other pollinators. Item# 12352

Grows To: 6-12"H and slowly spreads
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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A multitude of slightly smaller 2-3" wide deep purple frilly edged flowers with a contrasting yellow center are produced atop a neat and compact rounded plant with deep green foliage in summer. Mini Mels® Stokesia's semi-dwarf compact habit lend it to use as a low maintenance container specimen as well as in formal and informal the garden and landscape settings. 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. Item# 12418

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7,8,9,(5,6 if mulched)
Grows To: 12-14''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Mirage™ Burgundy Salvia, Autumn Sage

Salvia greggii 'Balmirbur' PP28537; EU PBR49560

Spikes of dark calyxes and tubular buds open to display the burgundy, fuchsia, to deep rose colored two-lipped tubular flowers that are produced from spring to fall atop this densely branching compact perennial Salvia with excellent flower power. Garnered 4 out 5 stars in Salvia trials at the Chicago Botanic Gardens! Mirage™ Burgundy Salvia, a form of Autumn Sage or Salvia greggii, was selected for its heat and cold tolerance, compact rounded habit, and exceptional flower power. Its vigorous well-branched compact habit is perfectly suited for use as a low maintenance and forgiving container specimen as well as in hot and sunny garden and landscape settings. The dark colored flowers are sure to attract low flying hummingbirds as well as the occassional butterfly and larger bees with its nectar rich flowers. Provide a well-drained soil in full to mostly sunny conditions and never keep soggy wet. Images courtesy of Darwin Perennials, all rights reserved. Item# 12546

Grows To: 12-18"H x 16-24"W space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Mirage™ Deep Purple Salvia, Autumn Sage

Salvia greggii 'Balmirdepur' PP28538; EU PBR49563; SA PBRAF

Spikes of deep purple calyxes and tubular buds open to display the dark purple colored two-lipped tubular flowers that are produced from spring to fall atop this densely branching compact perennial Salvia with excellent flower power. Mirage™ Deep Purple Salvia, a form of Autumn Sage or Salvia greggii, was selected for its heat and cold tolerance, compact rounded habit, and exceptional flower power. Its vigorous well-branched compact habit is perfectly suited for use as a low maintenance and forgiving container specimen as well as in hot and sunny garden and landscape settings. The dark colored flowers are sure to attract low flying hummingbirds as well as the occassional butterfly and larger bees with its nectar rich flowers. Provide a well-drained soil in full to mostly sunny conditions and never keep soggy wet. Images courtesy of Darwin Perennials, all rights reserved. Item# 12547

Grows To: 12-18"H x 16-24"W space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Mirage™ Violet Salvia, Autumn Sage

Salvia greggii 'Balmirvio' EU PBR49562; PP29724

Spikes of deep purple calyxes and tubular buds open to display the deep violet colored two-lipped tubular flowers that are produced from spring to fall atop this densely branching compact perennial Salvia with excellent flower power. A five-star performer in Salvia trials at the Chicago Botanic Gardens! Mirage™ Violet Salvia, a form of Autumn Sage or Salvia greggii, was selected for its heat and cold tolerance, compact rounded habit, and exceptional flower power. Its vigorous well-branched compact habit is perfectly suited for use as a low maintenance and forgiving container specimen as well as in hot and sunny garden and landscape settings. The dark colored flowers are sure to attract low flying hummingbirds as well as the occassional butterfly and larger bees with its nectar rich flowers. Provide a well-drained soil in full to mostly sunny conditions and never keep soggy wet. Images courtesy of Darwin Perennials, all rights reserved. Item# 12425

Grows To: 12-18"H x 16-24"W space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

New for 2021! Clusters of rich indigo purple flowers cover up the narrow, fine-textured, deep green foliage in spring attracting butterflies and other potential pollinators. MOUNTAINSIDE™ Crater Lake Phlox has a more refined habit than the typical Creeping Phlox, Phlox subulata, cultivars with an even lower growing groundhugging habit, better garden manners and it begins flowering about 2 weeks earlier. Phlox are found nowhere else but North America and their nectar rich flowers are butterfly pollinated. MOUNTAINSIDE™ Crater Lake Phlox with an average moist, moderately fertile, well-drained soil in a full to mostly sunny position in the garden and landscape. This hybrid Phlox is mannerly enough to add early spring color to even the most formal settings as well as mixed into the perennial border. Images courtesy of Walter's Gardens, Inc., all rights reserved. Item#12261

Grows To: 4-6"H x 12-18"W space at 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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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
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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The upright to arching stems are brightly adorned with hanging clusters of red, red-orange, to rarely yellow tubular flowers beginning in late spring and continuing until late summer. Pine-Leaved Penstemon or Beardtongue, Penstemon pinifolius, is a very low shrub-like perennial whose upright to arching stems are adorned with fine 1" long narrow deep green foliage that arises from what can become a woody base. Pineleaf or Pine-Leaved Penstemon is native to the dry desert regions of SE Arizona and SW New Mexico but is tolerant of moist conditions provided it has a very well-drained sandy to rocky mineral soil. It has been reported to be hardy into zone 3 but may require a 'dry' mulch and a protected area. This is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and we feel if it can perform exceptionally well in humid England it should do well in the humid Southeastern US. Item# 12419

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

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
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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Pink Profusion Phlox

Phlox x procumbens 'Pink Profusion' PP25883

The extra large (for a Phlox) rich pink 1-1/4" wide flowers are centered by a contrasting dark purplish-red eye which is in turn surrounded by a narrow white halo all atop a dense groundcovering mound of rich green foliage. The butterfly attracting flower show of Pink Profusion Phlox begins in late winter to early spring and may continue for up to 8 weeks and at peak flowering the foliage may be nearly completely hidden. This is a dense clump forming slowly spreading hybrid Phlox that is well suited to the front of the border in the garden and landscape. Naturally summer dormant, consider part shade in hot summer climates. Provide a full sun to partly shaded site in a well-drained, humus rich, fertile soil for optimum vigor and flowering. Images courtesy of Chicagoland Grows®, Inc., all rights reserved. Item# 12283

Grows To: 3-8"H x 8-12"W space at about 8-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade

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, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

2-1/2" wide, miniature Amaryllis-like, white flowers are 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# 9541.

Grows To: 8-12''H x 18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
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Pink Rainlily, Rosepink Zephyr Lily, Fairy Lily

Zephyranthes grandiflora, Z. rosea

Deep rosy pink widely flaring flowers 3-4" across pop up above the deep green narrow grass-like foliage after summer rains. This is the Rainlily my grandparents grew and cherished and maybe yours too! A beautiful and easy perennial bulb that quickly multiplies into dense clumps that can be added to the perennial garden, strewn along the edges of walks, added to the lawn, or even enjoyed as a container plant. Tough durable and reliable just plant it and wait for the rains to begin! Multiple plants per pot. Item# 10926.

Grows To: 6-12
Outdoor Light: Sun, Part sun, AM sun, Part shade

Tops at 2019 UGA Trials among Agastache winning the Classic City Award! Buttery yellow 1" long tubular flowers adorn dense 10-12" high spikes atop the medium green fragrant foliage from spring and continuing well into fall. Poquita™ Butter Yellow Dwarf Hummingbird Mint is a hummingbird magnet and the dense compact habit of this Agastache, even more compact than Kudos™ Yellow, lends it to use as a specimen, including in hanging baskets, as well as in mixed containers where you can draw these aerial acrobats in for up close viewing as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained soil for optimum health and flowering. Periodic removal of spent flower spikes will help to keep the plants looking clean and fresh as well as to make way for new flower spikes. Image courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. www.terranovanurseries.com, all rights reserved. Item# 12120

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
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Orange 1" long tubular flowers adorn dense 10-12" high spikes atop the medium green fragrant foliage from spring and continuing well into fall. Poquita™ Orange Dwarf Hummingbird Mint is excellent for hummingbirds and the dense compact habit of this Agastache, even more compact than Kudos™ Mango, lends it to use as a specimen or in mixed containers where you can draw these aerial acrobats in for up close viewing as well as in the garden and landscape. Provide a full to mostly sunny location in a well-drained soil for optimum health and flowering. Periodic removal of spent flower spikes will help to keep the plants looking clean and fresh as well as to make way for new flower spikes. Image courtesy of Terra Nova Nurseries, Inc. www.terranovanurseries.com, all rights reserved. Item# 12121

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12-16"W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Primrose Leaved Violet

Viola primulifolia var. primulifolia, V. x primulifolia

Up to 1/2" wide creamy white flowers with purple striped bee guides in their centers are produced on dainty stems held above the clean medium green foliage throughout much of spring. The Primrose Leaved Violet is an exceptionally free flowering, dainty native perennial common in moist, acid, often sandy soils along the edges of bogs, streams, and in moist deciduous woodlands. It will slowly spread by stolons and seeds and  makes a dense groundcover in containers. The flowers are bee pollinated but may be visited by smaller butterflies and other beneficials. The Primrose Leaved Violet is well suited to moist naturalistic settings like bog gardens, moist shaded areas, and stream sides. Item # 11113

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11
Grows To: 3-6''H x 3-6''W and spreading
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Light shade, Part sun, Part shade
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Primrose yellow, trumpet shaped flowers to 2" across are often blushed on the outside of the flower with peachy pink. The Primrose Yellow Rainlily produces its flowers singly on sturdy stalks over a long period beginning in late spring and may last into fall. This is an easy to grow and drought tolerant perennial that readily multiplies from offsets as well as seeds. Multiple plants per pot. Item# 10395.

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

Masses of 3/4" two-lipped tubular purple flowers with a yellow dotted white bee-guide are produced over an extended period in late winter through spring and into summer atop the low evergreen foliage. Purple Creeping Mazus is a low spreading perennial suited for use as a spiller in containers, a groundcover, in or around rain gardens, and for planting between stepping stones and pavers. It can also tolerate periodic light foot traffic. A Missouri Botanic Garden Plant of Merit award winner for its proven durability and reliability in average garden settings it is surprisingly hardy as well as evergreen. The low stems root wherever they touch the soil and the flowers attract bees and other pollinators. Item# 501

 

Grows To: 1-2" high space about 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Light shade, Part shade, AM sun, Mostly sunny, Full sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
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Purple Fountains Skullcap, Trailing Skullcap, Hummingbird Plant

Scutellaria longifolia 'Purple Fountains'

Clusters of fuchsia pink, 1 1/2", tubular blooms are borne throughout most of the year on this beautiful tropical trailing perennial. Glossy green slightly quilted foliage on arching to trailing stems. Great for hanging baskets, mixed containers, or in the front of the garden. Attracts Hummingbirds. Item# 862.

Grows To: 8-12''H x 18-24''W
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
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
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