Short Sunny Perennial That Wont Get Unruly

netcub(5)June 25, 2013

Ive got a large bed in front of my house with mostly hostas...about 3 of them are exposed to sun almost all day... Im looking for some recommendations for 12-14 inch perennials which will stay pretty tidy and not spread like crazy for this area. I think blues and purples would be nice, because theres lots of white and green in the background. Im open to yellows too... and reds... ;)


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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

I have a low growing coreopsis that stays very neat. It seems to barely bloom, though mine isn't in as much sun as it probably wants.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 8:47PM
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funnthsun z7A - Southern VA

Actually, I think the Royal Candles Veronica would be awesome there. It's a bluish purple. There are several threads extoling it's virtues right now. Really can't go wrong with them, they have a super long bloom time and always stay nice and neat.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:19PM
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bogturtle(SE NJ 7a)

Have found the dwarf, seed grown Kobold Platycodon or Balloon Flowers dependable in well drained soil They come doubled, in blue, pink and white and, while not all Summer blooming, they seem long lived. And what about repeat bloom, dwarf Daylily?

    Bookmark   June 25, 2013 at 10:36PM
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Campanula UK Z8

one of the smaller eryngiums? Pinks?

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 3:48PM
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Stokesia laevis/Stoke's aster produces mid-to-late season ruffled blue flowers, has elegant foliage and meets your height requirements. You might also check out some perennial geraniums--there are several available that form low-maintenance mounds that are covered in delicate blooms in pink, blue, lavender & white. Polemonium/Jacob's Ladder produces blue flowers early in the season and is another carefree perennial but it grows a bit taller at 18-20".

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 7:47PM
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Thanks for the suggestions!

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 10:37PM
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Patty W. zone 5a Illinois

Aster Blue Autumn, in the three years I've had it has stayed very short and heathy with pretty flowers. All thou I don't know what experiences others have had with it. So far Royal Candles has been taller.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2013 at 8:27PM
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Yellows? Someone say yellows? Check out Heliopsis 'Tuscan Sun' Should comply with your wish in the sunny spot.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2013 at 12:24AM
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