11 Best Border Flowers to Edge Garden Paths, Walkways, and Driveways

These blooms will interest and beauty to the perimeter of your driveway, sidewalk, or garden.

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Whether you want to add color to your garden or soften the appearance of a driveway or sidewalk, border flowers are a beautiful way to improve the appearance of your landscape. Not only do they provide structure, but border flowers are also ideal for pollinators—welcoming bees and butterflies to areas where there may have previously been a limited supply of pollen. With so many attractive flowers to choose from, you want to make sure you're selecting border flowers that give you the most mileage in the garden. To ensure you do just that, we're sharing some of the most beautiful border flowers, according to gardening experts.

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Hubricht's Bluestar

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A mounding plant with sky-blue blooms, Hubricht's Bluestar (Amsonia Habrichtii) is a great way to create structure in a border garden. "In my opinion, a border should include something unexpected," says Teri Speight, a master gardener and the author of Black Flora: Profiles of Inspiring Black Flower Farmers and Florists. "This perennial starts out with a subtle blue bloom that sits atop slender stems." The foliage rises out of the ground and reaches full bloom come spring. "In autumn, Amsonia quietly glows as the foliage turns a golden yellow," Speight says.

  • Zones: 5 to 8

  • Size: 3 feet tall x 4 feet wide

  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil

Weigela

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Weigela can provide interest all growing season long—plus, it comes in various sizes for multiple placement possibilities in a border. "Some have variegated foliage for further interest and their tubular flowers may be abundant all season or re-bloom, depending upon the cultivar selected," says Pamm Cooper, an extension educator at the University of Connecticut Home and Garden Education Center. Another perk? Hummingbirds and pollinators are strongly attracted to these flowers.

  • Zones: 4 to 8

  • Size: 3 feet tall x 4 feet wide

  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil

Veronica

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Perennials, like veronica, are great border flowers because they come back year after year. For a particularly beautiful variety, try Beeline Petite Pink Veronica, which has a clumping growing habit that can fill in a border area beautifully with vivid magenta blooms. “Veronica performs absolutely brilliantly in my garden," says Linda Vater, plant expert for Southern Living Plant Collection. It has deep green glossy foliage and elongated blooms that pollinators adore."

  • Zones: 4 to 10

  • Size: 8 to 10 inches tall x 10 inches wide

  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; amended, well-drained soil

Lantana

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A long-blooming flower that enjoys hot conditions, lantana will put on a show all summer long. "These are basically trouble-free annuals, featuring citrus-scented foliage, a variety of flower colors (many of which change as flowers mature), and blooms that last until frost," says Cooper. "They are also food sources for hummingbirds, butterflies, and pollinators," Annuals are great for borders because they can be changed from year to year for a different look.

  • Zones: 8 to 10

  • Size: 12 to 14 inches tall and wide

  • Growing conditions: Full sun; slightly acidic, well-drained soil

Catnip

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An edging option that also gives back to nature, catnip (Nepeta) beckons hummingbirds and butterflies to your landscape. "It softens the border's edge, is drought resistant, and the purple-and-blue blooms are simply amazing," says Speight. Plus, the pollinator plant provides an eye-catching, disease-resistant, and long-lasting accent to any border. Cutting the foliage back after the perennial blooms typically provides two to three flushes of color each season.

  • Zones: 4 to 8

  • Size: 8 inches tall x 10 inches wide

  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil

Dahlias

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Dahlias come in a range of heights, floral textures, and colors, so you're sure to find one that adds personality to your flower border. This plant is beloved for its beautiful, bright blooms, which put on a show from early summer until the first hard frost of autumn. It can be grown as a perennial, tender perennial, or annual depending on where you live.

  • Zones: 8 to 10

  • Size: Depends on variety

  • Care requirements: Full sun; rich, well-drained soil

Loropetalum

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Loropetalum boats purple evergreen foliage that is accented with bursts of pink blooms in spring. For a border garden, Purple Daydream Dwarf Loropetalum is a great option. “Purple Daydream is a particularly stunning variety of loropetalum," says Janet Sluis, expert for Sunset Plant Collection. "Its growth is outward, not upward, which is a terrific feature when it comes to its utility in the landscape." The insect- and disease-resistant plant accents other plantings in the garden.

  • Zones: 7 to 10

  • Size: 2 to 3 feet tall x 3 to 4 feet wide

  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; loamy, well-drained soil

Peony

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The peony is a beautiful perennial flower that produces large, colorful blooms in late spring to early summer. One major draw of peonies is that they won't wilt in the heat, so the blooms will still look beautiful during the warmest days of summer. When choosing a variety for your border garden, an herbaceous peony (Paeonia hybrid) is a more fitting choice than a tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)

  • Zones: 3 to 8

  • Size: 1 to 3 feet tall x 1 to 3 feet wide

  • Care requirements: Full sun; moist, well-drained soil

Hydrangea

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One of the most recognizable blooms of summer, hydrangeas are a beloved flower to many gardeners. In order for it to work as a border flower, you'll need to grow a more compact variety, like Hydrangea Everlasting Bride Bigleaf Hydrangea. Its sturdy stems support snowball-like bloom clusters that look radiant as cut flowers. “Everlasting Bride has an undeniable charisma that will be a match made in heaven for your garden," says Root. "It offers maximum satisfaction in a small-scale package.”

  • Zones: 5 to 9

  • Size: 2 feet tall x 2.5 feet wide

  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; moist, well-drained soil

Related: How to Grow and Care for Hydrangeas

Drift Roses

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Ideal as a sprawling border over the edge of a path or walkway, drift roses provide season long color. "Drift Roses are a beautiful blend of ground cover roses and miniature roses that stay low and are a complement to other plant pairings around them," says Heidi Mortenson, rose portfolio manager and bloomables brand manager for Star Roses and Plants.

  • Zones: 4 to 11

  • Size: 18 inches tall x 30 inches wide

  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; well-drained soil

Related: How to Grow and Care for All the Roses in Your Garden

Rosemary

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Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is an aromatic plant that will fill your border garden with a pleasant scent. "Rosemary is one of the plants that makes life tolerable for me in the summertime," says Vater. "It thrives in the intense heat when other plants start to wilt and fade." Rosemary produces clusters of blue, pink and white flowers in late spring to early summer.

  • Zones: 8 to 10

  • Size: 18 to 24 inches tall x 18 to 24 inches wide

  • Care requirements: Full sun to part shade; well-drained soil

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