A flower border can be a spectacular way to edge a walkway. Some border plants are annuals and replacing every year, while perennials reappear each spring. Low-growing flowering plants, such as impatiens, marigolds, lavender and primrose, are good border plants for walkways.
Impatiens are spreading, low-growing plants that put out new flowers throughout the season, making them suitable walkway border plants. Water them daily during hot and dry spells. They come in a range of colors including pink, purple and white, and feature glossy, green leaves. Impatiens do well in lightly shaded areas and do best in well-drained soil. New Guinea impatiens grow to a height of 1 to 2 feet and are considered low maintenance. They tolerate more sun than other varieties of impatiens. Impatiens are annuals and must be replanted yearly, as they die off at the first frost.
Marigolds are a common annual used for borders that accent walkways. They are generally disease free and bloom all summer. Marigolds grow to a height of 3 feet, depending on the variety. They come in colors ranging from yellow and gold to orange and red. Their delicate leaves are similar to ferns. Remove old flowers, so that new ones bloom. Water marigolds weekly during periods with little rainfall. African marigolds, which are sometimes called American marigolds, are common.
Lavender is a perennial comes back year after year. For walkways receiving full sun, lavender makes an excellent border plant. Popular Munstead lavender features early blooming, lavender-blue flowers. Dwarf lavender like Nana Alba grows 1 one foot and features gray foliage along with white flowers. The Hidcote lavender grows to a height of 2 feet and features deep violet flowers. The Jean Davis midsized lavender features pink flowers. Removing old stalks when the flowers fade encourages the plant to rebloom. Cutting lavender back by one-third in the spring promotes new growth.
The Mexican Evening primrose is a perennial commonly grown in the Southwest. It grows to 18 inches tall and 2 to 3 feet across with pale purple-and-rose colored flowers. The primrose has slender stems and narrow leaves. It is used as a border plant and in natural-looking landscapes. Place these plants 2 feet apart, so they will not spread too much. They do well in full sun and require minimal water.
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