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10 Small Plants to Grow Now

If your bed is in need of a finishing touch or a dash of charm, sprinkle in some of these little beauties

Fine Gardening - Issue 190
Add a little something extra. Short plants like ‘Millenium’ ornamental allium can be a big part of your garden’s look. Photo: Doreen Wynja

The front garden where my property hits the road had enough of a slope to make mowing the grass a little iffy. Like any good gardener, I thought, “Why grow grass when you can grow plants?” In its second year, the bed I had replaced the lawn with had begun to fill in. The plants were getting bigger and beginning to mesh together. That’s when it became a problem.

Many of the plants blocked the view from the driveway of oncoming traffic. People drive way too fast on my road, and as much as I love my plants (and hate extra work), I couldn’t risk any of my loved ones getting into an accident because my ‘Big Blue’ sea holly (Eryngium x zabelii ‘Big Blue’, Zones 4–9) looked too good to move. Thus began my quest for short plants—anything under 2 feet I would consider, but 18 inches or…

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