Border Plants- Front Border Edges, Middle and Back Border Plants


Border plants should be placed in the border according to their sizes. The front border consists of low growing edging plants, middle border plants and back border plants of taller plants make up the remaining garden border. Find a list of plants for each portion of the border. The list will be by plant name, scientific name, followed by a letter designating A for annual, B for biennial, and P for tender perennials.

"Border Plants"

Plant bprder plants by heights

LOW BORDER PLANTS for front borders and edging:

  • Ageratum, Ageratum houstoniamum, A
  • Scarlet pimpernel, Anagallis arvensis, A/B
  • Wax begonia, Begonia Semperflorens-cultorum hyb., A
  • English daisy, Bellis perennis, P
  • Flowering Kale, flowering cabbage, Brassica oleracea, B
  • Browallia, Browallia speciosa, A
  • California poppy, Eschuscholzia californica, A
  • Dwarf morning glory, Convolvulus tricolor, A
  • Kingfisher daisy, Felcia bergeriana, A
  • Alpine strawberry, Fragaria vesca ‘Semperflorens’, P
  • Gazania, Gazania rigens, A
  • Edging Lobelia, Lobelia erinus, A
  • Sweet alysum, Lobularia maritima, A
  • Virginia stock, Malcomia maritima, A
  • Monkey flower, Mimulus x hybridus, A
  • Woodland forget-me-not, Myosotis sylvatica, B/P
  • Cupflower, Nierembergia hippomanica, A
  • California bluebell, Phacelia camanularia, A
  • Annual phlox, Phlox drummondii, A
  • Moss rose, Portulaca grandiflora, A
  • Polyanthus primrose, Primula x polyantha, P
  • Mignonette, Reseda odrata, A
  • Creeping zinnia, Sanvitalia procumbens, A
  • Fan flower, Scaevola aemula, A
  • Signet marigold, Tagetes tenuifolia, A
  • Wishbone flower, Torenia fourneiri, A
  • Verbena, Verbena x hybrida, A
  • Pansy, Viola x wittrokiana, A
  • Narrowleaf zinnia, Zinnia angustifolia, A

MIDDLE BORDER PLANTS:

  • Snapdragon, Antirrhinum majus, A
  • African daisy, Arctotis x hybrida, A
  • Pot marigold, Calendula officinalis, A
  • China aster, Callistephus chinensis, A
  • Canterbury bells, Campanula medium, B
  • Cupid’s dart, Catanache caerulea, P
  • Vinca, Cantharanthus roseus, A
  • Cockscomb, Celosia argentia, A
  • Cornflower, Centaurea cyanus, A
  • Larkspur, Consolida ambigua, A
  • Yellow cosmos, Cosmos sulphureus, A
  • Firecracker plant, Cuphea ignea, P
  • Chinese forget-me-not, Cynoglossum amabile, B
  • Sweet William, Dianthus barbatus, B/P
  • Cape marigold, Dimorphotheca sinuata, A
  • Tassel flower, Emilia coccinea, A
  • Wallflower, Erysimum Cheiri, A
  • Painted leaf (fire on the mountain), Euphorbia cyatophora, A
  • Snow-on-the-mountain, Euphorbia marginata, A
  • Prairie gentian, Eustoma grandiflorum, A
  • Blue daisy, Felicia amelloides, P
  • Blanket flower, Gaillardia pulchella, A
  • Barberton daisy, Gerbera jamesonii, P
  • Globe amaranth, Gomphrena globosa, A
  • Annual baby’s breath, Gypsophila elegans, A
  • Strawflower, Helichrysum bracteatum, A
  • Garden balsam, Impatiens balsamina, A
  • Impatiens, Impatiens walleriana, A
  • Lantana, Lantana camara, P
  • Statice, Limonium sinuatum, P
  • Honesty, Lunaria annua, B
  • Tahoka daisy, tansy aster, Machaeranthera tanacetifolia, A
  • Stock, Matthiola incana, B
  • Four-o-clock, Mirabilis jalapa, P
  • Bells of Ireland, Moluccella laevis, A
  • Flowering tobacco, Nicotiana  x sanderae, A
  • Love-in-a-mist, Nigella damascena, A
  • Daisy bush, Osteospermum, A
  • Shirley poppy, Papover rhoeas, A
  • Geranium, zonal geranium, Pelargonium x hortorum, P
  • Petunia, Petunia x hybrida, A
  • Painted tongue, salpiglossis sinuata, A
  • Scarlet sage, Salvia splendens, A
  • Pincushion flower, Scabiosa atropurpurea, A
  • Butterfly flower, Schizanthus pinnatus, A
  • Dusty miller, Senecio cineraria, A
  • Coleus, painted nettle, Solenostemon scutellarioides, A
  • African marigold, Tagetes erecta, A
  • French marigold, Tagetes patula, A
  • Blue laceflower, Trachymene coerulea, A
  • Nasturtium, Tropaeolum majus, A
  • Immortell, everlasting, Xeranthemum annuum, A
  • Zinnia, Zinnia elegans, A

TALL BORDER PLANTS for BACK BORDERS

  • Hollyhock, Alcea rosea, B/P
  • Love-lies-bleeding, Amaranthus caudatus, A
  • Joseph’s coat, Amaranthus tricolor, A
  • American star thistle, Centaurea americana, A
  • Spider flower, Cleome hassleriana, A
  • Cosmos, Cosmos hipinnatus, A
  • Cardoon, Cynara cardunculus, P
  • Dahlia, Dahlia spp., P
  • Horn of plenty, Datura metel, A
  • Foxglove, Digitalis purpurea, B/P
  • Sunflower, Helianthus annuus, A
  • Mexican fireweed, Kochia scoparia, A
  • Tree mallow, Lavatera arborea, B
  • Jasmine tobacco, Nicotiana alata, A
  • Evening primrose, Oenothera biennis, B
  • Castor bean, Ricinus communis, A
  • Black-eyed susan vine, Thunbergia alata, A
  • Mexican sunflower, Tithonia rotundifolia, A

 

 

 

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