9 Plants That Make for Captivating Walkway Borders

Thrift (Armeria maritima)

Thrift is a charming perennial known for its petite pink pom-pom flowers that bloom from late spring to early summer. Its grassy foliage remains attractive even when not in bloom, making it perfect for border planting. Thrift is drought-tolerant, thrives in full sun, and is hardy in Zones 3 9.


Impatiens are quick to bloom, with irregularly shaped flowers in vibrant colors like purple, pink, red, orange, yellow, or white. They are among the easiest annuals to grow, flourishing with consistent watering

Creeping Juniper

This low-growing evergreen shrub, known as creeping juniper, adds consistent structure to seasonal gardens. It requires minimal pruning and is drought-tolerant once established, thriving in full sun.


Dianthus, a showy flowering herb, offers smaller varieties suitable for edging, adding both color and a delightful clove-like fragrance to garden borders. 

Lamb s Ears

Lamb s Ears are prized for their fuzzy silver foliage, adding texture to colorful borders. This tough perennial herb spreads easily to form dense ground cover, complementing purple flowering plants.


Dahlias offer a wide range of sizes, shapes, textures, and colors, making them versatile additions to border gardens. While they behave like perennials in warmer regions, they act as annuals in cooler


Astilbe adds long-lasting color to partially shaded borders with its plumelike flowers in white, pink, or red. Its fernlike foliage provides a textural contrast to broad-leaved plants like heucheras and hostas.


Despite their short-lived bell-shaped flowers, daylilies are popular edging plants due to their mounds of green foliage. Planting a variety of daylily cultivars ensures a continuous display of color from spring to fall, blending seamlessly with any garden palette.

Coral Bells 

Coral Bells are prized for their vibrant foliage, which enhances the colors of other border plants. Feathery spikes of tiny pendant flowers adorn coral bells in spring and summer, though their foliage is the main attraction for many gardeners.