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I really need to start filling in our perennial beds, especially along the edges. The beds themselves are HUGE and mostly empty (the previous owner was going for a minimalist look, apparently <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes">) except for some hostas, daylilies, irises, and a few other perennials I've planted over the last year or so. What are your favorite, low-medium growing perennials, to use to border your beds?<br><br>
Thanks, as always, mamas!
 

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i have liriope at the edges.<br>
veronica<br>
sedum<br>
aquiligia<br>
campion<br>
mums<br>
lavender<br>
belamcanda<br>
rudbeckia<br><br>
i like mints as fillers; easy to pull excess, and smells good when you mow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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My two favorites are Hearts of Apple and Sweet Alyssa, but both of them are very spread friendly and invasive if not controlled.<br><br>
I second mint.
 

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How low/medium growing do you want?<br><br>
I have mostly coral bells (Heuchera) and primroses in the front of the beds that run along the house, and violets in the back. I know a lot of people think of violets as weeds, but I love them. I have purple and white. I also have some low growing creeping seedum that gets a yellow flower, chicks and hens, creeping phlox and some carnations... all are easy to grow and spread.<br><br>
For medium, I love chives. They look so pretty when they bloom IMO. Russian sage is one of my favorites, but it can get big. I have dwarf irises, tulips, daffodils that all bloom early that are medium height. You did not mention how much sun your garden gets, but if it gets part to full shade I love bleeding heart, columbine, astilbe and hostas. Some ferns are what I would call medium hieght, and are easy to grow.<br><br>
HTH and show us photos when you have it all set up! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Mmmmm. Strawberries! (medium) and<br>
creeping phlox (fairly low)<br>
irish moss (between stepping stones)<br>
lamium (really pretty pinkish/purple and yellow blossoms in my yard, a full shade plant, 4'6" high)<br>
Lilly of the valley (spreads like mad, apparently, but that's okay with me, they smell heavenly around mother's day...though apparently they're poisonous, so if you have kids who put everyting in their mouthes, perhaps wait a few years?...full shade)<br>
I like primroses as well, as low growing, and<br>
evening primroses as medium<br>
miss muffet daisies are pretty greens and really pretty daisies when they bloom<br>
my best friend took some of my sweet peas (ohmygosh they go CRAZY!) and uses them as a ground cover (full sun, humming birds love them)<br>
adelweiss (low, full sun, pretty PRETTY fuzzy green leaves and cool fuzzy flowers)
 

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Thanks, everyone! Now I've got some good ideas.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Courtenay, when you say strawberries, what kind do you mean? I have some wild strawberries growing out from beneath our porch. They are starting to spread into my perennial beds. I was thinking of letting them fill in between the hostas and other taller plants that are already established. Is that a bad idea? I'm guessing they are considered weeds by most people, but I like the way they look and it'd be one less thing for me to weed. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 
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