Garden Plants for Edging

Written by kathy j. campbell
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Garden Plants for Edging
Edging plants can be exciting additions to your garden. (Garden image by Anna Kowalczyk from

The plants you use to edge your gardens and paths can be more than place holders between the lawn and flower beds. Edging plants can set the mood of the garden, provide a pop of colour or greet your visitors with a waft of delicate scent. If invasions by deer or rabbits are a problem in your garden, there are plants that can help with that.


Ground covers like creeping phlox or golden creeping Jenny are low maintenance options for edging lawns, walkways or driveways. Phlox and Jenny are both hardy in sun or light shade, grow only 2 to 4 inches high and spread by runners. For more height, lily-of-the-valley is a good choice. This perennial favourite grows in rapidly spreading clumps of 8 to 10 inches and blooms in spring with white or pink bell-shaped flowers.

Salt Tolerant

Plants used to edge the driveway or along the road in colder climates need to be salt tolerant. Silver mound artemisia grows in soft airy clumps along these salty edges and makes a beautiful companion plant for hot red flowers like Autumn Joy sedum. Baby's breath, bearded iris, peony and daylily are salt-tolerant plants that will bring low-maintenance colour to your road edgings. Phlox, both tall and creeping, can tolerate salt and prefers sandy soil.

Garden Plants for Edging
Bearded iris is a salt-tolerant choice for edging driveways. (bearded iris image by Alison Bowden from


Artemisia is also a good choice for planting along busy walkways and sidewalks. Artemisia, catmint and common yarrow not only smell good when you bump into them, they bounce back beautifully. Catmint can get as tall as 2 feet and is covered in blue-violet flowers from spring to summer. Common yarrow makes a good companion planting for catmint since it doesn't show its cherry red blooms until summer. Sedums, which can be stepped on and bounce back, are good groundcover for these areas.

Animal Resistance

If the deer and rabbits are lunching on your plants before you get to see them bloom, try planting annual marigolds on the edge of your garden. Marigolds come in dwarf and tall varieties and span the colour wheel from yellow through orange and rust. Foxglove, yarrow, columbine and the beautiful blue or lavender delphinium are perennial choices of no interest to these animals.

Garden Plants for Edging
Marigolds around the garden will keep away the deer and rabbits. (Marigolds 2 image by pognyc from

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