Low growing perennials offer flowers year after year in any garden setting. They are ideal to plant along walkways, rock gardens, as edging in the front of a large flower garden or as basic ground-cover. There are a variety of low growing perennials to fit every season. Many varieties are extremely hardy and spread quickly.
The Lamium maculatum makes an ideal ground cover. It is often called Deadnettle and is a member of the mint family. Each plant stands 10 inches tall and spreads up to 1 foot. The plant prefers to be grown in partial to full shady conditions. In the late spring and early summer the plant sports tiny flowers in shades of pink, blue, lavender or white. At the end of flowering it produces tiny brown fruits. It prefers to have moist soil conditions. It is disease-free and the only pests that truly bother these hardy little perennials are snails and slugs. The Lamium maculatum makes an excellent edging or ground cover plant for shady garden conditions. The plant also comes in a silver-variegated leaf variety.
Sedum acre is commonly called ground moss. The plant only grows 1 to 2 inches in height. It makes an excellent perennial ground-cover. In the spring the plant produces tiny, bright yellow flowers. It prefers to be grown in full sun to partial shade. Best growth is achieved in acidic soil. Sedum acre has tiny light green foliage that is delicate. It is an excellent plant choice for a rock garden. It grows wonderfully in sandy and gravel soil conditions, but it cannot withstand foot traffic.
The Lewisia is a dainty flowering plant commonly grown in rock gardens. Foliage grows in a low rosette fashion. Foliage is evergreen. In the late spring to early summer star-shaped flowers begin to appear. Flower colors are available in salmon, yellow, orange and pink. The plants can be grown in full sun or partial shade. The plant is very drought tolerant once established. It is commonly referred to as the bitterroot. The American Explorer Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition named the flower Lewisia when he first discovered it in the region of Montana.
The Iberis sempervirens is often called the evergreen candytuft. It is a hardy little evergreen perennial that blooms in a riot of white blossoms each spring. The flowers turn to small green fruits that can be sheared off to maintain the appearance of the plant. The plant is ideal for growing in a rock garden or as an edging plant. The plant prefers to grow in full sun to partial shade.