Plants for Walkway Landscaping

Landscaping around your paths and walkways is a great way to unify the areas around your house.  Short, low-growing plants will add texture and style to your landscape without overtaking your walkways. 

In your front yard, you want your walkway to be aesthetically pleasing to anyone who passes by.  Walkways work wonders in backyards too.  If you have a pool, compost bin, or fire pit, you definitely need a path to access it.  

Adding style and flair to your walkways will also increase the value of your home, which is always a good thing.  

Keep reading to learn about some fabulous perennials that you should be adding to your walkways this spring.  

 

rosemary shrub with lavender flowers
Rosemary

Herbs

Let’s start with herbs.  Herbs are very versatile and attractive.  They also smell incredible and that’s inviting to anyone walking up to your front door.  

Many herbs will continue growing through winter.  It’s always nice to see a few spots of green during those long, winter months.  

Herbs are also useful.  They are used for a variety of things such as cooking, making essential oils, aromatherapy, etc.  They have medicinal uses as well.  Not to mention, bees and butterflies love them.  

Some herbs that are wonderful for borders and walkways are:

  • Lavender
  • Rosemary 
  • Parsley
  • Chives
  • Winter Savory

Autumn Fernautumn fern

The autumn fern is listed as an Outstanding Landscape Plant by Texas A&M University.  Outstanding Landscape Plants have adapted to the site and climate and are easy to grow and maintain.

These ferns produce no seeds or flowers.  Autumn ferns are green-red foliage plants, which makes them perfect for placing in between flowering plants.

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Besides being easy to care for, autumn ferns are disease and pest-resistant.  

 

purple coneflowerPurple Coneflower

Purple coneflowers are perennials that are very drought-resistant.  They grow between 2-5ft tall.

The blooms are purple petals with a spiny, red-orange center.  These flowers are absolutely gorgeous.  

They do best in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.  Similar to herbs, these flowers have medicinal purposes and are known to strengthen your immune system.

Add a pop of purple to your walkway with these cheerful flowers.  You won’t be disappointed.  

Princess Caroline Napier Grass

This ornamental grass is a dependable perennial.  Princess Caroline Napier Grass has been named as a Texas Superstar Plant.  Texas Superstar Plants are chosen because they look good and are easy to maintain.  

The purple leaves grow up and out, similar to a fountain.  Be careful with fertilizer, too much will take away this plants’ purple hues.

Blackfoot Daisyblackfoot daisy perennial white flowers

Blackfoot daisy is an excellent choice for a border plant.  These perennials are deer and rabbit resistant, as well as very heat-tolerant.  Bees and butterflies really like these flowers.  

The flowers are honey-scented with white petals surrounding a yellow center.  They do best in full sun and will bloom in spring, summer, and fall

 

winecup flowersWinecups 

This native perennial is drought-tolerant and spreads like a vine, but it will not become invasive.  The flowers are a dark, magenta color and shaped like a tiny wine cup.  

These flowers are known for being reliable flowers because they do well in full sun and any type of soil.  

You might also be interested in this article titled, “Top Full Sun Perennials for North Texas.”

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Final Thoughts

With a little thought and care, you can easily transform your walkway into a slice of heaven.  Incorporating green foliage with pops of color will create a focal point and connect all parts of your landscape.  

All the plants and flowers in this article are perennials, which means they’ll come back year after year.  Choosing perennials for your walkways means you’ll only have to plant your plants one time and that makes your gardening job much easier.  

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