University of Illinois Extension

Shorter Perennials

Scientific Name Common Name Growing Height
Aegopodium podograria Goutweed 12 inches
Ajuga reptans Bugleweed 6 inches
Aquilegia spp. Columbine 12 to 36 inches
Arabis caucasica Wall Cress 6 inches
Armeria maritima Sea Thrift 6 inches
Artemisia schmidtiana
‘Silver Mound’
Silver Mound Artemisia 12 inches
Astilbe spp. False Spirea 6 to 48 inches
Aubretia deltoidea False Rockcress 6 inches
Aurinia saxatilis Basket-of-Gold 6 to 12 inches
Bergenia cordifolia Heartleaf Bergenia 12 to 18 inches
Brunnera macrophylla Siberian Bugloss 12 to 18 inches
Campanula carpatica Carpathian Harebell 6 inches
Cerastium tomentosum Snow-in-Summer 6 to 12 inches
Convallaria majalis Lily-of-the-Valley 6 to 12 inches
Dianthus spp. Pinks 6 to 12 inches
Dicentra eximia Fringed Bleeding Heart 12 to 18 inches
Doronicum orientale Leopard’s Bane 12 to 18 inches
Epimedium x rubrum Red Barrenwort 9 inches
Gaillardia x grandiflora Blanket Flower 6 to 24 inches
Galium odoratum Sweet Woodruff 6 inches
Geranium spp. Cranesbill 6 to 36 inches
Heuchera sanguinea Coral Bells 12 to 30 inches
Hosta spp. Hosta 12 to 48 inches
Iberis sempervirens Evergreen Candytuft 6 to 12 inches
Lamium maculatum Spotted Dead Nettle 6 inches
Lavandula angustifolia Lavender 12 to 18 inches
Liriope spicata Lily-Turf 12 inches
Nepeta x fassenii Catmint 12 to 18 inches
Oenothera macrocarpa Missouri Primrose 9 to 18 inches
Phlox subulata Creeping Phlox 6 inches
Saponaria ocymoides Rock Soapwort 8 inches
Scabiosa caucasica Pincushion Flower 12 to 18 inches
Sedum spp. Stonecrop 3 to 12 inches
Stokesia laevis Stoke’s Aster 12 to 18 inches
Veronica spp. Veronica 6 to 30 inches