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A well-designed walkway that is lined with beautiful plants can really add to a home’s curb appeal. And what’s not to love about a romantic stone path edged with softly flowering greenery as it winds through your garden?
Here is a list of 19 amazing border plants that are perfect for lining a walkway so you can create a magical path all of your own.
1. Ornamental Thyme
This spreading variety of Thyme is evergreen and rarely grows above 6 inches in height. This aromatic perennial works great as ground cover in sunny areas. Small flowers are produced and come in colors of white, red, and pink. The soil must be well draining to have maximum performance.
2. Creeping Jenny
This beautiful perennial ground cover plant displays long, trailing stems of creeping lime green leaves. If it stays solely in the sun, its leaves will turn more yellow while if it stays primarily in the shade, its leaves will turn deep green. Small, vibrant yellow flowers appear during the summer months.
Creeping Jenny, also known as “Moneywort,” performs best in moist, but not soggy, soil. It establishes itself quickly and will spread. Just one plant can spread out 2 feet and grow to a height of 4-8 inches.
3. Hens and Chicks
This is a low growing, mat forming succulent plant that can easily spread over 2 feet in width. The main plant (Hen) is attached to the smaller plants (Chicks) by a runner underground. Each one is shaped like a rosette and has shades of green, gold, blue, or red.
These succulent plants grow well in both cooler and hotter climates and barely need water to thrive. It performs best in sandy to rocky conditions and full sun. In order to prevent overcrowding, separate the mother plant from the baby plants every few years.
These annual flowers bring vibrant blooms and rich green foliage to your garden. Different varieties can grow from 6 inches to 4 feet tall and 6 inches to 2 feet wide. Golden yellow and orange blooms grow as singles or in clusters with flower heads that resemble pompoms.
Marigolds grow best with full sun and well draining soil. Once established, they’re drought, pest, and heat tolerant. Butterflies, bees, and ladybugs are drawn to this plant, promoting its health and reproduction.
With over 100 varieties of Hosta, you’re sure to find one that fits your garden vision, especially since they’re lovers of shade. They can be found in varieties that spread just a few inches up to a 4 feet spread. Hostas grow best in nutrient rich soil with good drainage.
These perennial plants are picked for their decorative, diverse foliage shapes, colors, and sizes. Some are brightly colored green with splashes of golden yellow or creamy white, some are dark forest green, and still others display a blueish green hue.
This evergreen shrub like perennial grows as a perfect ground cover plant to line a walkway. It thrives best in partial to full shade and moist, nutrient rich, well draining soil.
It has dense, deep green foliage that spreads itself through rhizomes (horizontal underground root systems). Its ovate leaves grow between 2 and 4 inches and it has small white flowers that bloom in early spring.
These are abundantly flowering, attractive annual plants that brighten up the garden. Impatiens need plenty of water; they will wilt and die if they’re not kept moist and in nutrient rich, well draining soil. They grow best in partial to full shade.
The low growing, dense, rich green foliage contrasts beautifully with the bright flower blooms that last from early spring until the first frost in the fall. Colors include shades of red, white, pink, yellow, orange, blue, and purple.
These tropical and subtropical annual plants favor partial sun or shade and thrive in moist, organic, well draining soil. They are toxic to pets.
The foliage provides a show of color almost as much as the vibrant, textured, patterned blooms. They can display single or ruffled petals in shades of red, pink, white, yellow, purple, and orange. The foliage is just as diverse in color, pattern, and texture.
There are over 40 different species of these perennial woodland plants, all known for their unique symmetry of three: 3 leaves, 3 sepals, and 3 petals. Size and shape of each flower and leaf depends on which variety it is. Some leaves are ovate while others are diamond shaped; some are dark green while others have red veins. Some flowers grow on stems while other don’t. Flower colors come in whites, reds, and pinks.
They spread through underground rhizomes, taking their time to reproduce, eventually forming a dense mat. Trilliums grow best in partial to full shade, and nutrient rich, moist, well draining soil.
These perennials are long living, colorful, tall, and fragrant. Varieties range in height between 2 and 5 feet. Small flowers grow abundantly in large clusters on each long, upright stem. They come in a range of color in shades of white, red, purple, and pink.
Phlox plants need to grow in sunny areas, though it can stand some shade, needing a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight each day. It thrives in moist, but well draining soil.
This annual plant adapts well to many regions, making it a garden favorite. It grows best in sunny areas and will need a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight each day.
The Sweet Alyssum produces little, fragrant, white flowers that grow in small clusters throughout the spring and until first frost. It grows 4-10 inches in height, 10-48 inches in width, and up to 3 feet in trailing habit. Its green foliage is small and ovate and the honey scented 4 petaled flowers come in shades of white, pink, and purple.
These perennial plants can grow in many different climate zones ranging from Florida to Minnesota. It only blooms for a few weeks each year, but its blooms are show stoppers. Each stem has around a dozen blooms, so when one dies, another will soon replace it.
The large flower petals can be ruffled, double, trumpet, or recurved, and color shades include white, pink, yellow, purple, and bi colored.
13. Silver Mound Artemisia
This is a lacy, delicate, blueish green foliage bearing perennial that grows in a mounding habit. It serves as a spreading ground cover, perfect for lining walkways.
This shrub grows best in full sun and well draining, poor, sandy soil. It grows to a height between 8 and 10 inches and spreads between 10 and 15 inches.
14. Creeping Juniper
This low growing evergreen shrub needs very little maintenance and actually thrives on a little bit of neglect. It gives off a pleasant aroma and spreads easily. Its horizontally reaching limbs are covered in light green foliage that turns to hints of magenta in the winter months. Each plant can spread out to 8 feet.
This plant, depending on the region, can be grown as an annual, biennial, or perennial. They can grow to a height between 6 and 18 inches and has thin, bright green foliage that spreads from a thick, rigid stem. The flower clusters grow in colors like red, pink, purple, and white.
Whether they live in partial shade or full sun, they need to have 6 hours of sunlight each day and grow in fertile, well draining soil.
These are quick growing, annual plants that show off vibrant blooms during the early spring until the first major frost. Blooms are brilliant in colors, bi colors, and tri colors of yellow, pink, orange, red, purple, and white. Flower heads may have a single row of petals or be dome shaped.
Depending on the variety, they can grow 6-12 inches in height and width or some grow up to 4 feet in height and 1-2 feet in width.
These beautiful perennial plants, also known as a “Pincushion Flower,” produce flowers up to 3 inches in width and can grow to a height of 2.5 feet. Double or single flower blooms can be white, pink, lavender, and dark maroon. It needs little maintenance.
18. Miniature Roses
These are hardy, profuse blooming plants that will stay under 3 feet in height. Their compact, colorful blooms grow from dense and bushy foliage. The foliage is dark green and will turn golden in the winter. The fragrant blooms come in shades of white, red, pink, purple, orange, and yellow.
Miniature Roses perform best in full sun, and nutrient rich, well draining soil. Make sure this plant gets at least one inch of water each week.
These are a very popular choice of annuals due to their long lasting, fragrant, vibrant and showy blooms. They perform best when they receive at least 5 hours of sunlight during the day and are protected from the harsh afternoon rays.
They’ll bloom from early spring until the first frost of the fall. They can grow to a height between 6 and 24 inches and spread up to 3 feet. Colors and patterns are the most diverse with shades of white, red, pink, orange, yellow, purple, and even black.
We hope you found this list of border plants for your walkway helpful! Can you suggest other plants to be used for that? Let us know by leaving a comment below!