Far too often I am like so many other gardeners and focus on the big impact plants, forgetting about those tiny beauties that can add incredible interest to your landscape. Whether you use them as a ribbon of color along a border or a surprise treat that visitors stumble upon in some of the more remote spots of your landscape, their beauty offers your senses a visual and often fragrant delight. Don't forget about these tiny treasures. I have my favorites, hopefully some of them will become your favorites, as well.
China Blue Fumewort. This one grows between 6 to 8 inches, and produces tiny, true blue flowers. It has a lovely fragrance and enjoys the cooler areas of your yard. A woodland perennial, the flowers form in clusters.
Rokey's Purple Aubrieta. A small cottage garden flower that works well in rock gardens or spilling over walls. Spreading to about 6 inches, it enjoys full sun.
Bath's Cheddar Pink (Dianthus). Lovely pink blooms, this dianthus is a classic in rock gardens or cottage garden borders, and typically grows around 6 inches.
Dalmation Bellflower. A neat, attractive groundcover that grows 4 to 8 inches tall.
Glowing Magenta Evening Primrose. Loves the sun, thrives with good drainage and grows to a height of about 6 inches. Its great color makes it a welcome addition to any garden.
Red Mountain Ice Plant. Loves the heat, is drought tolerant, blooms to early fall and only grows 4 inches tall.
Little Treasure Rock Cress. The name says it all, and the abundance of pink blossoms that grow between 4 to 6 inches tall make it perfect for both rock gardens and borders.
Black Magic Violet. With its black flowers dotted with a golden center, this unique flower will pair well with a plant with lighter foliage. While it can tolerate the full sun, it does prefer shade.
These are just a few of our favorites. Try one in your garden.