The Perfect Perennials to Use for Your Outdoor Pathway
An outdoor pathway serves as a welcoming component to any home or garden, but figuring out what to plant alongside, or even under, a trafficked area can prove daunting. Once you plant a perennial, there's no need to replant your garden next year—these mighty blooms go dormant once their season ends, only to remerge next year. Perennials' knack for returning year after year is what makes them such ideal contenders for a life along any outdoor pathway. While some bloom in the spring and summer months, others burst into full flower in the fall—if you plan wisely, you can have hardy, colorful flora and fauna along your pathway all year long.
There are dozens of low ground covers and creeping perennials resilient enough to withstand being walked on—in fact, some actually thrive underfoot. Take notice of how much (or little) the pathway you're thinking of planting is being used, then select varieties with similar growth rates, water needs, and sun conditions. Looking for a plant that's strong enough to endure the route to your front door? Consider the White Star Creeper. With its star-shaped flowers and fast growth, this perennial adds an instant dose of curb appeal to any home. Or, if you're in search of an option just off the beaten path, try the Miniature Golden Sweet Flag. The brightly colored plant greets guests with a sweet citrus scent and lives best in the shade.
For those in-between areas with a medium amount of traffic, try the beautiful "Georgia Blue" Speedwell, which boasts a lovely light blue flower in the spring months. Or for a fragrant choice, plant slow growing "Elfin" Thyme, which produces pink flowers in the summertime.
No matter what kind of garden you're looking to cultivate, consider adding these beautiful blooms to your landscape; with a little time and care, they'll all thrive in your perennial-lined outdoor pathway.
White Alpine Geranium
Slow growers, these perennials eventually bloom into white flowers in the spring and summer months. Ideal for lightly trafficked areas, they do best in full sun.
"Victor Reiter" Sea Thrift
Another slow growing plant that does best away from direct footpaths, this perennial grows dainty pink buds that add a welcome splash of color to your garden.
"Old Gold" RockCress
White flowers grow from this plant's two-toned green leaves. As a moderate grower, this perennial does best in partial sun and minimal walking upon.
Miniature Golden Sweet Flag
Slow to grow, this shade-loving plant emits a wonderful citrus scent that's worth the wait. It's yellow-green hue adds an inviting pop of color to your perennial-lined pathway and does best in lightly trafficked zones.
"Platt's Black" Brass Buttons
Able to withstand a moderate amount of disturbance, this perennial is an average grower, and does best in the shade. Come spring expect a surprise of yellow flowers.
The Silver Carpet can withstand medium foot traffic and prefers full to partial sunlight. Mark your calendars, as the summertime will bring yellow blooms.
Bronze Dutch Clover
No luck is needed to cultivate this fast-growing clover. White flowers burst from the plant in the summer months, but only partial sun is needed for it to thrive.
"Georgia Blue" Speedwell
Aptly named, the Georgia Blue Speedwell produces a beautiful blue bloom in the spring. It's able to withstand medium foot traffic and grows well in sunny areas.
This fragrant, slow growing plant does best in full to partial sunlight and can withstand heavy foot traffic. Expect pink flowers in the summer months.
This fast growing, durable plant is perfect for any pathway. It flourishes in both partial shade or direct sunlight, and springs unique, star-shaped white flowers in the warmer months.
White Star Creeper
Perfect for heavily trafficked pathways, this perennial blooms into small white flowers in mid-spring and adds a subtle touch of vibrance to any garden.
A darker hued perennial, the Motley Mazus is a resilient plant. It does best in full to partially sunlit areas, and blooms into purple-and-white flowers in the summertime.