Low-growing perennial flowers fill a hard-to-fit place in the garden. These ground covers fill in the bare spots under trees, spill over stone walls or rock gardens, or provide a neat edge in front of taller plants in garden borders. Plant some in containers for use on a patio or deck or by the pool to give an added dimension to the landscape. The possibilities for low-growing perennials are almost endless.
Silver New Zealand Burr
Silver New Zealand burr (Acaena caesiiglauca) is a ground cover that is evergreen in warm climates. The plant grows from 2 to 4 inches tall and 21 to 23 inches wide with gray-green leave and green flowers that bloom in the summer and give way to red burrs in the fall. Plant silver New Zealand burr in full sun or partial shade and a soil that is moist to dry. The plant is deer resistant and is hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 to 9.
Wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa 'Allenii') grows 6 to 8 inches with a spread of 6 to 12 inches. The plant produces deep green leaves and small, star-shaped, blue flowers that bloom in early and mid spring. The plant may go dormant if there is a prolonged summer drought. Plant wood anemone in full or partial shade and a soil that is most and well drained. The plant is perennial in hardiness zones 4 to 9.
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is a member of the poppy family. Each stem produces one round 12- to 14-inch diameter leaf and one white flower with a gold-orange center that grows to a height of 6 to 10 inches and stands higher than the leaf. The flowers bloom in March and April and open when the sun is out and close up again in the evening. Plant bloodroot full or partial shade and a soil that is moist to wet. The plant in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 9.
Woodland stonecrop (Sedum ternatum) grows 8 to 10 inches tall and 12 to 23 inches wide. The plant has small, light-green, evergreen leaves and small, white star-shaped flowers that grow in clusters from late spring to early summer. Plant woodland stonecrop in full sun, partial shade or full shade and a soil that is moist to dry. The plant is perennial in USDA hardiness zones 2 to 9.