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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.

 

Trailing Violet, Australian Violet, Ivy-Leaved Violet, Tasmanian Trailing Violet

Viola banksii, V. hederacea, Erpetion hederaceum, E. reniforme, V. reniforme

Produces brightly contrasting white and purple typical violet flowers from spring to fall. The Australian Trailing Violet makes a choice groundcover for moist shady areas or spilling up to 3-6' long from hanging baskets and containers. Prefers a moist, rich soil with shade during the hottest part of the day. Item# 682

Grows To: 4''H and spreading, trails to 3-6', space at 9-12
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, AM sun, Filtered shade

Tricolor Moses in the Cradle, Oyster Plant, Rhoeo

Tradescantia spathacea 'Tricolor', Rhoeo spathacea, Rhoeo discolor

The Tricolor Moses in the Cradle or Oyster Plant is a durable clump forming evergreen with colorful pink, green, and cream variegated wide strap-like foliage that radiates from a low central stem. The folded leaves have a dark purplish reverse adding to the colorful show. Where hardy this makes a reliable low maintenance groundcover for well-drained, shady areas of the garden. It also makes an easy and low maintenance container specimen or addition to low to medium water mixed container gardens. Item# 9299

Grows To: 8-16''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 10
US$12.99

Tricolor Moses in the Cradle, Oyster Plant, Rhoeo

Tradescantia spathacea 'Tricolor', Rhoeo spathacea, Rhoeo discolor

The Tricolor Moses in the Cradle or Oyster Plant is a durable clump forming evergreen with colorful pink, green, and cream variegated wide strap-like foliage that radiates from a low central stem. The folded leaves have a dark purplish reverse adding to the colorful show. Where hardy this makes a reliable low maintenance groundcover for well-drained, shady areas of the garden. It also makes an easy and low maintenance container specimen or addition to low to medium water mixed container gardens. Item# 11387

Grows To: 8-16''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: AM sun, Part shade, Light shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
Currently In Stock: 16
US$9.99

Tricolor Purple Heart Jew

Tradescantia pallida 'Tricolor', Setcresea pallida

The large, pointed, narrow oblong purplish leaves with bright pink splashes are born on the arching to upright stems. Bears small pink flowers in the summer. Item # 1103.

Grows To: 8''H and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$14.99
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Under the Sea Selfheal, Heal-all, Prunella

Prunella vulgaris 'Under the Sea'

An easy groundcovering perennial, Under the Sea Selfheal produces fat spikes of dark bracts from which tubular purplish pink flowers emerge over an extended period from late spring and through early summer providing nectar to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. This member of the mint family is easy to establish and requires little care once established in the garden as a groundcover beneath larger perennials or as a component of the meadow or prairie. Selfheal can be used to good effect spilling over walls or even in containers if you feel you need to contain it. Item# 11176

Grows To: 8-14"H x 18-24"W, space at 12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 100
US$9.99

Possibly one of the most strikingly variegated succulents you will find! The new growth is mostly white to cream with a narrow green line along the midvein and as the densely stacked opposite leaves mature the cream variegation slowly changes to light green. Where the plants receive direct sunlight the foliage becomes tinged with red and pink. The Variegated String of Buttons, Crassula perforata f. variegata, has a naturally dense upright to sprawling habit slowly building to 8-16" high. It is a naturally evergreen miniature shrub-like member of the Jade family from South Africa and it is reported to be hardy into zone 9. Provide a full sun to partly shaded site, or a sunny window, in soils with excellent drainage and the allow the plants to become moderately dry between waterings. *Note: As with many variegated plants, it may benefit from midday shade in hot summer climates. Item# 12293

Grows To: 8-16''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: *Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$12.99
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Variegated Water Celery, Chinese Celery, Japanese Parsley, Java Waterdropwort

Oenanthe japonica 'Flamingo', O. javanica 'Flamingo'

A dense evergreen ground-covering perennial with pink, green, and cream variegated foliage. The tender spring growth is a relished vegetable in many parts of Asia. Withstands a wide variety of soils and thrives in boggy areas. Item# 713.

Grows To: 6-12"H and spreading
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 15
US$9.99
Cannot Ship To: FL

Vepita® Fire Red Trailing Verbena

Verbena 'Vepita Fire Red' PPAF?

Large clusters of deep red flowers are produced from spring to fall on this low mounding and trailing perennial attracting bees, butterflies, and low-flying hummingbirds. Vepita® Fire Red Verbena is a hybrid that was selected not only for its fiery red flowers but also for its deep green, finely cut, mildew resistant foliage and exceptional flower power. It is a perfect candidate for hanging baskets and window boxes and also makes a thrilling spiller in mixed container gardens. Use this low-growing trailing Verbena as a ground cover and along the front of the border in sunny gardens and landscapes. Provide an average to well-drained, average moist, fertile soil for optimum vigor and continuous flowering. Item# 12571

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 9,10, Annual in 4,5,6,7,8
Grows To: 4-8"H x 12-18"W space about 10-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Violacea Silver Squill, Wood Hyacinth, Scilla

Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea'

Loose hyacinth-like spikes of dainty green flowers with recurving petals and contrasting dark purple filaments and yellow stamens are held above the narrow silvery foliage with dark green spots and reddish-purple reverses in spring after a dry winter dormancy. This is an easy to grow dwarf scilla or squill, tentatively Ledebouria socialis 'Violacea' as there are many similar horticultural forms within this species, is a dwarf growing, evergreen herbaceous tropical succulent that grows from a thickened above ground bulb and readily multiplies happily filling its container. This should make an easy windowsill, porch, or patio plant where it receives bright indirect sunlight or a small amount of cool early morning or filtered sunlight. Provide this easy to grow plant with a well-drained, cactus-like soil and allow the soil to become moderately dry between waterings. If it gets too dry it will wilt to let you know but it readily recovers once moisture is applied. During active growth, average moisture is preferred and it can be allowed to remain a good deal dryer when dormant. We ship 3 or more bulbs actively growing in a 2.25" pot. Item# 12453

Grows To: 2-4"H x 6-8"W
Outdoor Light: Bright shade, Cool direct sunlight like early morning or very late evening, Filtered shade
2.25 inch Pot / 9.7 fl.oz. / 287 ml
Currently In Stock: 14
US$9.99

Wedelia, Yellow Creeping Ox-Eye Daisy, Yellow Dots

Wedelia trilobata, Sphagneticola trilobata

1" golden yellow daisies sit atop the dark rich green foliage of this durable groundcover. Drought tolerant once established, Wedelia revels in the heat and sun creating a dense 8-12" high mass of foliage, stems and flowers. Evergreen in mild winter climates but may freeze to the ground in the northern portions of its range. Item# 718.

Grows To: 4-8''H+ and spreads
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade, Light shade

2" white star-like cupped flowers are held above and among the deep green rush-like foliage of this hardy but dainty little bulb in summer and fall. A freely multiplying perennial that will surprise you with it's display after a rain. Use rainlilies at the front of the border, as an accent plant, in rock gardens, or along stepping stones and walks. Multiple plants per pot. Item# 9391.

Grows To: 12''H x 12-18''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$9.99
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Clusters of creamy white, sometimes tinged pink, spidery flowers are produced atop short sturdy stems in late September and early October. The White Spider Lily is considered to be a hybrid Lycoris and is an easy addition to any sunny to semi-sunny well-drained soil in the garden or it can even be allowed to naturalize in the lawn. The narrow strap-like foliage appears once flowering has finished and grows through winter and the bulbs become dormant during summer. An easy heirloom that readily multiplies. 1 flowering size bulb per pot. Item# 11587

Grows To: 15-18"H at flowering, space 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade
4.5 inch Pot / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
US$17.99
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Deep wine-red cupped flowers with contrasting creamy white stamens cover this durable native groundcover in spring with flowering often continuing well into mid-summer and flowering again in fall. Winecups make excellent choice where it can be allowed to naturalize or where it can be enjoyed spilling from large containers or over a wall. This tough native tap-rooted perennial reliably returns year after year and has been selected as a Plant Select® Award winner. Provide a full sun to partly shade site and Winecups are adaptable to soil types but prefer average moisture. Item# 9232.

Grows To: 12-16"H x 3-4
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun
3.5 inch Pot / 16 fl.oz. / 473 ml
Currently In Stock: 0
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Woodland Painted Petals, Flowering Grass

Freesia laxa, Anomatheca laxa, A. cruenta, Lapeirousia laxa

From flattened iris-like bluish-green fans emerge spikes of deep coral 1" wide flowers that have a contrasting splotch of dark orange-red at the base of the three lower petals that acts as a 'bee guide' and the flowers are produced over an extended period in late winter, early spring, to spring depending on your zone. Woodland Painted Petals or Flowering Grass, Freesia laxa, is an easily grown cormous heirloom perennial and RHS Award of Garden Merit winner which readily multiplies via seed to make a loose groundcover. Provide an average to well-drained soil in a full to partly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Freesia laxa is suitable for container culture as well as in the garden and landscape. Naturally winter dormant. Typically 2-3 or more bulbs per pot. Item# 12370

Grows To: 8-12"H x 12"W space at about 6-12" apart
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny, Part shade, Part sun

1" wide bright sunny yellow starry flowers are held in small clusters atop sturdy stems that push the flowers just above the wide blue-green grass-like foliage. Flowering is heaviest in spring but may continue sporadically through summer and into fall. Yellow-Eyed Grass, Sisyrhinchium californicum, is a naturally evergreen clump-forming miniature iris-like perennial that readily reseeds under good conditions. This West Coast native is typically found in consistently moist to wet sites in coastal areas, lake edges, and seeps but it is tolerant of short dry spells and is adaptable to a variety of growing conditons from average moist to wet, salt, and acid to alkaline soils. Provide a full to mostly sunny site for optimum vigor and flowering. Yellow-Eyed Grass may reseed into zone 6 and is considered perennial in zones 8-10. Item# 12290

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8,9,10 and an annual in 6-7
Grows To: 8-14''H x 12-16''W
Outdoor Light: Full sun, Mostly sunny

Trailing Violet, Australian Violet, Ivy-Leaved Violet, Tasmanian Trailing Violet

Viola banksii, V. hederacea, Erpetion hederaceum, E. reniforme, V. reniforme

Produces brightly contrasting white and purple typical violet flowers from spring to fall. The Australian Trailing Violet makes a choice groundcover for moist shady areas or spilling up to 3-6' long from hanging baskets and containers. Prefers a moist, rich soil with shade during the hottest part of the day. Item# 682

Grows To: 4''H and spreading, trails to 3-6', space at 9-12
Outdoor Light: Part shade, Light shade, AM sun, Filtered shade

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