Trailing Plants that Make an Impact

Trailing Plants that Make an Impact

Matthew Noiseux
May 6, 2010

Here is a short list of six popular trailing plants that have great visual impact. Do you have one you are particularly fond of using?


1 Sedum machinoi
2 Nasturtium - bright blossoms, silver dollar shaped leaves, edible
3 Nasturtium
4 Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia)
5 Creeping Jenny (Lysimachia nummularia)


6 Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas) - both dark leaved and chartreuse are very bold
7 Sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas)
8 Lamium maculatum - beautiful silver leaves
9 Lamium maculatum
10 Million bells (Calibrachoa) or Petunias - both a good choice, infinite color choices.

Trailing plants help fill out your planters and add a bit of drama. Your eyes naturally want to follow the flow of those vines or flowers as they cascade out from the container. As they drape over they help to soften the look of container edges and can be used to unify groups of separate plantings.

Even if you are growing mostly for food, these additional shapes and colors can enhance the visual appeal of your garden veggie plots. And in the case of the Nasturtiums, they can even be eaten along with salad.

In New York one often sees these plants being used creatively in planters, and the combinations are endless. Let us know how you would use these... or when you wouldn't. At the moment I have some young Nasturtiums planted around my lavender. We'll see later in the season how they enjoy each others company!

Matt will be writing a weekly column on plants, flowers and gardening. Feel free to e-mail questions to

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