Regional Picks: Short Plants

Photos (from left to right): ‘Purple Haze’ catmint (Nancy J. Ondra); ‘Wiggles and Squiggles’ Hosta and ‘Evita’ hardy gloxinia (

Short plants will never catch your eye from miles away, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve love or a spot in your garden. Low-growing plants are great for ground cover, creating depth and height variation, as well as improving sight lines around your home. Have difficulty getting out of the driveway because tall plants are blocking the view? Smaller plants are the answer.

Check out which short plants will do well in your region below, and read the article by Steve Aitken for even more ideas.

“As I began amassing countless short varieties, only some of which worked in my front bed, I started planting shorter plants all over my garden. I would take notice of them, too, in all the gardens I visited, residential and botanical. I made mental notes of how others used small plants: the roles they could play and how essential they are to completing the look of a garden, a bed, or a vignette.” Read more in 10 Small Plants to Grow Now


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