Low-growing perennials for your Hudson Valley/Westchester landscape

Low-growing perennials for your Hudson Valley/Westchester landscape
Photo by Carol Norquist

Easily add color to any outdoor living space with the beauty of perennials. Use these plant varieties in window boxes, planters for your Hudson Valley porch, deck, or paver patio, and in your Westchester poolside landscape design. Perennials keep bringing bold color splashes to your home and garden year after year. In addition to their visual beauty, many of the choices below offer fragrant aromas and a resting spot for butterflies and hummingbirds.  


Bellflower (Campanula)  These bobbing blooms would be ideal in a children's book illustration or fairytale. They come in a variety of colors, with flowers shaped like tubes, cups, or stars. Most offer long flowering displays, lasting from late spring to late summer.


Chamomile (Chamaemelum)  Chamomile makes great ground cover and releases a lovely scent when you break it or use it in tea. Use it when you want a fragrant edge to a garden bed or plant along a walkway as a treat for your eyes and nose. Look for it’s feathery leave and daisy-like shaped flower.


Bugleweed (Ajuga)  Also known as carpetweed, Ajuga is a popular choice for groundcover in many gardens in the Northeast. It’s purple, pink or silver leaves always look fresh and glossy. This one especially loves moist areas and blooms it’


Walker’s Low Catmint (Nepeta)  You will love this plant as much as the butterflies and hummingbirds! Walker’s Low looks great when cascading off the edge of a fieldstone wall or on the edge of a planter. The blue flower spikes are fragrant and beautiful.


For help with incorporating perennials into your landscape, reach out to one of the professional landscaping companies located across Orange, Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Rockland, and Westchester Counties here in the Hudson Valley. Oh yea, and tell ‘em Outdoor Home Magazine sent ya! 


What are some of your favorite perennial choices for your NY area garden?