Choosing the right border plants not only makes your walkway more attractive, but it can also make a small area look a lot larger. If you have dull voids in a small garden or yard, you can easily make it come to life with volume and beauty, with a selection of well-placed perennials.
For larger spaces, you can easily layer up the border. Start at the back with larger plants, and gradually decrease the size of the plants leading up to the edge of the walkway. What’s the point in having a beautiful small plant, when you have a larger one completely covering it?
If you have a wide stone or wooden walkway, you may benefit from including container plants on top of the pathway. Grouping 3 of the same variety or color of flowers together in 3 separate containers look very neat when strategically placed along the path.
If you have a stone walkway that has breaks or missing pieces, you could quite easily plant some smaller low growing flowers, to make it look like a feature, rather than an ugly missing piece of your path.
When choosing the best plants for your walkway, you must consider things like soil type, water drainage, placement, the look of the plant, and whether they are planted in a sunny, shady or partially shaded position.
These are 9 perennial ideas that are perfect for making a walkway look more beautiful (color tip: blue, pink, purple, red and white look great with green):
1. Campanula for bell-shaped flowers
Campanula has green heart or ovate-shaped leaves and blue or lilac-colored star/bell-shaped flowers, that come to color in late spring or summer.
Campanula is a clump-forming, hardy, herbaceous or evergreen perennial, that grows to around 1m in height and spread to around 0.5m. It thrives in full sun or partially shaded areas and grows well in borders. Some varieties of Campanula can be a lot smaller and grow mat-forming, rather than in clumps.
2. Agapanthus Africanus for trumpet-shaped flowers
Agapanthus Africanus has green narrow leaves and blue or white trumpet-shaped flowers, that come to color in summer.
Agapanthus Africanus is a bushy, clump-forming, evergreen perennial, that grows to around 1m in height and spread to around 0.5m. It thrives in full sun and grows well in borders, or planted in containers.
3. Liriope Muscari or Lavender
I couldn’t decide which of the two to go with in this spot, so I included both. They are both good at adding purple or blue flowers to your border, but they have different reasons to choose from the two. Liriope Muscari forms dense leaves, flowers after summer to before winter and produce berries in the colder months. Lavender is aromatic, great at attracting pollinators and flowers in summer.
Liriope Muscari is a clump-forming, evergreen perennial, that grows to around 0.5m in height and spread. It thrives in full sun or partially shaded positions and grows well in borders or planted in containers.
Lavender is a bushy, evergreen shrub, that grows to around 1m in height and spread to around 1.5m. It thrives in full sun and can be planted in containers, but look better when planted in borders.
4. Ajuga Reptan for colorful foliage
Ajuga Reptan has oval-shaped green/purple/blue leaves and blue flowers in late spring to throughout the summer.
Ajuga Reptan is a mat-forming, hardy, evergreen perennial, that grows to around 0.5m in height and spread to around 1m. They can thrive in full sun or shaded positions and grows well in borders, particularly as underplants for larger plants.
5. Bergenia for clustered flowers
Bergenia has green rounded leaves that often change to a purple color in winter and clusters of white or pink flowers in spring.
Bergenia is a bushy, hardy, evergreen perennial, that grows to around 1m in height and spread. It thrives in full sun or partially shaded positions and grows well in borders.
6. Hosta & other leafy plants
Hosta has various varieties that form different types of leafy plants. Their leaves are usually various shades of green, blue and yellow.
Hostas are compact herbaceous perennials that grow as a clump, to around 1m in height and spread. They can thrive in shaded positions and grow well in borders. There are other plants that are good for adding leafy foliage to your walkway border, such as Heuchera.
7. Sea Holly add texture
Sea Holly has green holly leaves that have spiny edges, prickly cone-shaped flowers and changes to a blue color around spring and summertime.
Sea Holly is a bushy, hardy, evergreen/semi-evergreen perennial, that grows to around 1m in height and spread. It thrives in full sun and grows well in borders or planted as a feature container plant.
8. Roses are iconic
Rosa has various varieties that form different types of colorful flowers. They are an iconic choice and are great at making any area look more beautiful.
Rosa can be small or large, perennial shrubs, that grow to various heights and styles, depending on the variety and how you grow them. They generally like full sun, but some varieties can be shade tolerant and grow well in borders.
9. Carex Oshimensis Evergold & other grasses
Carex Oshimensis Evergold is a long, narrow, arching, green/yellow grass, that grow long spikes of green or brown flowers in summer.
Carex Oshimensis Evergold is a tufted, hardy, deciduous or evergreen perennial, that grows to around 0.5m in height and spread. It thrives in full sun or partially shaded positions and grows well in borders. There are other plants that are good for adding grassy foliage, such as Alboaurea.
A dull-looking walkway can look a lot more attractive and smaller spaces can look a lot larger when you plant perennials around it. Adding a few strategically placed containers can also add to the visual appearance of your walkway. All of these plant ideas are great at achieving this and each serves a different purpose, from adding color to adding texture.