Small and Dwarf Perennials
Dwarf perennials are perfect for adding colour and interest to the front of a border or rockery, to line paths or even incorporate into pots and containers. They are particularly useful for filling small gaps in the gravel garden, rockery or cottage garden that larger varieties would quickly outgrow. Most borders are of course grown with the tallest plants at the back and smaller plants at the front, making dwarf perennials good candidates as edging plants. They can help accentuate bed lines, soften hard edges and define path and bed boundaries, all whilst adding visual interest. The best edging perennials have a long flowering period, colourful or textured foliage and strong disease resistance. Dwarf perennials generally grow no more than 60cm (2 feet / 24 inches) tall but keep in mind that dwarfing forms can sometimes just be smaller versions of larger varieties, meaning they won’t necessarily cap out at 60cm. Beginners may find our guide to growing perennials useful.