What Are Some Nice Short Perennials?

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Show off your garden with brief perennials and walkways, as borders for existing beds and also at hard-to-grow regions of the lawn. You’re no longer restricted to hostas and lilies in regards to permanent plants. Countless plant varieties are readily available to fill your landscape with colour, texture and odor. Whether you’re searching for an accent to the front bed along with a floor cover to the backyard, you can find a low-growing perennial to your space.

Bloody Crane’s Bill

Bloody crane’s bill (Geranium sanguineum) is a low-growing plant in the geranium family. The plant is also known as hardy geranium or geranium crane’s bill. This brief perennial grows in full sunlight or partial shade at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) hardiness zones 4 through 10. The plant forms a compact mound of feathery foliage about 8 to 12 inches high that disperses throughout the growing season. Bloody crane’s bill blooms in the early summer, with fuchsia-colored blossoms that last season. This plant reseeds itself, is drought-tolerant and is a favourite of honeybees.


The tickseed plant (Coreopsis rosea) is a short perennial which grows to heights of 12 to 24 inches. This member of the aster family thrives in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9. The pink ray-type blossoms that bloom in the summer attract butterflies and are great in cut arrangements. Tickseed prefers full sunlight and a well-drained soil, but tolerates most soil types. These brief perennials spread across the growing season. Deadhead the spent blossoms to keep the plant blooming all season.


Ajuga reptans, commonly called ajuga, grows in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9. This low-growing perennial adds a little interesting foliage to the garden. The plant height is approximately 3 to 4 inches tall. A fast-growing evergreen, ajuga does well in partial to full shade. The plant creates 4- to 6- inch flower spikes in the spring. This land cover tolerates moist soil conditions but favors well-drained sandy soil. Some varieties, such as “Burgundy Glow,” have a maroon colour to the leaves.


Sedum is a drought-tolerant ground cover that is available in a wide variety of cultivars. This succulent, also known as stonecrop, thrives in poor growing conditions. Sedum grows in USDA hardiness zones 3 through 9. Depending upon the range, sedum bloom colors range from red or pink to yellow or white. Low-growing varieties do well in rock gardens or for borders. Divide the plants in the spring to control size.

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