Low Growing Flowering Plant For Border Or Edging

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I am redoing my flower bed in the front of the house. i live in Georgia and we are replacing short boxwoods as a border/edger. We were going to replace them with the short creeping Lantana since they bloom until frost and are easy maintenance, but i found out they are highly poisonous to dogs so that will not work.

What is another pretty flower or plant that will still bloom in spring/summer/fall that i can use as a border? I like bring vibrant colors. something that will come back every year.

any suggestions would help. i am overwhelmed with choices!


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Leah Boccia

Leah Boccia · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Hi Brent, your answer was very helpful, and i am now leaning towars the Verbena....but its lead me to another quetion... It seems that the Lantana is a type of verbena? So is the verbena also poisonous to dogs? i cant find anything concrete when i google it.

2 years ago ·
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Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson · Gardenality Administrator · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Leah - I did a little research and found a list of plants that are toxic to dogs. Verbena was on the list. Was quite surprised when looking down the list as I probably have half of these plants growing in my yard. We have two chihuahuas that spend quite a lot of time roaming around these plants. Thankfully, our dogs are not plant eaters...they won;t even chew on any plants. That being said, it's probably better to be safe than sorry. I created an article here in Gardenality to publish this list of plants. Here's the link:

http://www.gardenality.com/Articles/870/Problems-and-Solutions/Animals-and-Rodents/Plants-That-Are-Poisonous-To-Dogs/Plants-That-Are-Poisonous-To-Dogs.html
I'm thinking the roses might be a better choice? They have thorns that should keep the dogs away. The butterfly bush and ice plant weren't on the list either.

Hope this helps.

2 years ago ·
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Leah Boccia

Leah Boccia · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
thank you for the list. i have about half of these in my yard too and my dog really doesn;t touch them. but like you said, better safe than sorry. thanks for the info!

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Leah Boccia

Leah Boccia · Gardenality Seed · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Brent, what do you think about Birch Hybrid Bellflowers? i think there is a dwarf version that might work as an edger?

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Brent Wilson

Brent Wilson · Gardenality Administrator · Zone 8A · 10° to 15° F
Leah - For Zone 8 I wouldn't recommend the Bellfowers. I've tried and tried to grow various Campanula but have had no success with any variety. I've never had one come back for me the second year. In my opinion, they are a finicky plant...not one I would consider long-term hardy. That being said, in Zones 7 and further North they may do okay? - Brent

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Answer #1 · Brent Wilson's Answer · Hi Leah - Good question. Because you want a perennial plant that will flower throughout the season for use as a border it makes answering your question a little easier for me:-) There just aren't that many perennials, much less shrubs, that will flower throughout the season. The trailing lantana was one choice but, you're right, some dogs can have a serious reaction to it if they eat too many of the leaves.

Here are some other choices:

Dwarf Butterfly Bush - These are relatively new introductions in the market. The only one I have a couple years experience with is Lo And Behold 'Blue Chip'. I love this plant. It flowers all season, handles blazing sun, and is fairly drought tolerant. I shear off spent flowers once or twice during the season. I've planted about 10 more newer varieties this spring to test them (all the Buzz series and Flutterby Petite series).

Drift Roses - These are also relatively new introductions as well. I love these dwarf roses! Last year, I planted every variety, except for 'Icy' (white) in my landscape. They all performed exceptionally well and flowered heavy in spring and on and off throughout the season. Drift Pink is an eyecatcher. On a couple varieties I have seen a little powdery mildew on the leaves early in the season. I just spray them with Neem oil if I see it pop up.

Homestead Verbena - This one is a trailing plant that flowers heavy in spring and then on and off through the season. It might need a good shearing in mid-summer to encourage blooms until frost. It grows to over 6 feet wide so you might not have the room.

Ice Plant (Delosperma cooperi) - A trailing, ground-hugginng, succulent that grow to about 2 feet wide. The Purple Ice Plant is the only one I know of that blooms from spring until frost.

Hope these suggestions helped,
Brent)



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