9 Best Tiny Flowers for Your Garden

Sweet alyssum with white flowers closeup

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If you've not yet considered planting tiny flowers in your garden, now is a good time to explore their fragrance and beauty. Part of the appeal of tiny flowers is their sheer mass; a single plant may contain thousands of blossoms, beckoning butterflies with their shallow nectar tubes.

These plants are a versatile garden design element that can fill spaces where larger blooms either won't fit or simply don't suit. You can tuck them into a stone wall, plant them between pavers, use them as fillers, and add them to cut flower arrangements.

Here are nine tiny flowers that will enhance your borders, hanging baskets, and even fairy gardens.


If you live in a dry climate, tiny flowers can make a complementary addition to your landscaping. Many varieties are drought-proof; their small size helps them to retain moisture and reduce evaporation. 

  • 01 of 09

    Baby's Breath (Gypsophila)

    Baby's breath with tiny white flowers on thin wispy stems

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    You may know baby's breath best as a filler in Valentine's bouquets, but this perennial flower shines in the garden. Although these tiny white flowers and thin, wispy stems have a delicate appearance, they are quite resilient in the landscape. Plants thrive in dry, average soil, but this is one plant that prefers alkaline conditions, which makes it ideal for rock gardens. 'Bristol Fairy' is a reliable performer, and will bloom from April until the end of summer. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 9
    • Color Varieties: White, pink, orange, red, yellow, and purple
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Alkaline
  • 02 of 09

    Fairy Foxglove (Erinus alpinus)

    Fairy Foxglove (Erinus alpinus)

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    Also known as starflower and alpine blossom, Erinus alpinus features feather-like petals and dark green stems, This plant can be grown from seed, however, it's easier to start fairy foxglove flowers with a mature plant acquired from a nursery. They will happily grow in any rock crevice or wall., and Unlike many rock garden plants, Fairy Foxglove will grow in partial shade. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 7
    • Color Varieties: Pink, purple, and white
    • Sun Exposure: Full and partial sun
    • Soil Needs: Any
  • 03 of 09

    Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis)

    Forget-Me-Not plant with tiny bright blue flower clusters

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    If you struggle to find a pretty plant for your woodland garden that won't be eaten by rabbits and deer, try low maintenance forget-me-not. In April and May, the plants are covered in bright blue flowers with cheerful yellow eyes. This is a short-lived perennial that readily self-seeds and will continue to produce flowers for many years when planted in moist areas. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 8
    • Color Varieties: Blue, white, pink, and yellow
    • Sun Exposure: Full and partial sun
    • Soil Needs: Moist, well-drained
  • 04 of 09

    Kenilworth Ivy (Cymbalaria muralis)

    Kenilworth ivy plant with scallop-shaped leaves on vines and small purple flowers

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    Part of the charm of Cymbalaria muralis, also called ivy-leaved toadflax, is the attractive scalloped foliage that adds texture to the landscape even when the lavender flowers aren't blooming. However, that doesn't happen much, as the plants can remain in bloom from spring until fall in moist soils with some afternoon shade. Kenilworth ivy is only hardy in zones 6 and higher, but self-seeding in colder climates is common. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 6 to 11
    • Color Varieties: Lavender
    • Sun Exposure: Partial sun
    • Soil Needs: Moist
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  • 05 of 09

    Lobelia (Lobelia erinus)

    Lobelia plant with purple-blue flowers and buds

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    The true-blue flowers of annual Lobelia erinus are a popular filler plant in early spring containers and hanging baskets, and new varieties of this plant ensure that blossoms won't fade when the weather heats up. When nights get hot, shear the plant and keep it hydrated for a repeat bloom.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 6 to 8
    • Color Varieties: Blue
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained
  • 06 of 09

    Rock Cress (Arabis)

    Rock Cress

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    If you aren't familiar with rock cress, there are more than a dozen hybrids to start your collection, including the brilliant purple 'Axcent Lilac'. In mid to late spring, the evergreen foliage sports hundreds of pink, purple, or blue flowers on 2 to 4 inch plants. Trim the plants after blooming to maintain the compact, mounding shape.

    • USDA Growing Zones: 4 to 7
    • Color Varieties: Pink, purple, and blue
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained, slightly acidic
  • 07 of 09

    Snow-In-Summer (Cerastium tomentosum)

    Snow-In-Summer plant with small white flowers on silvery-green stems

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    Snow-In-Summer is a robust perennial with a silver cast to the foliage and an abundance of white flowers. This versatile plant works well an accent along border edges, and as a filler in between garden pavers or crevices. The plants are also excellent rock garden candidates, as they thrive in full sun and sharply draining soils. Snow in summer is hardy down to zone 3, making it a welcome addition to alpine gardens. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 3 to 7
    • Color Varieties: White
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained
  • 08 of 09

    Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima)

    Sweet alyssum plant with tiny white blooms on rocky soil

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    The fragrance of tiny sweet alyssum blooms is so sweet that it's often compared to fresh honey. In early spring, these plants are standard offerings in garden centers everywhere. You can also grow a range of luscious flowers in Easter egg hues from seed. The seeds germinate very quickly, sometimes in less than a week, and transplants thrive in cool spring weather. Give your sweet alyssum a trim when blooming gets sparse to rejuvenate the plant. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 7 to 11
    • Color Varieties: Pink, orange, white, yellow, and red
    • Sun Exposure: Full and partial sun
    • Soil Needs: Rich, loamy soil with a neutral pH
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  • 09 of 09

    Thyme (Thymus vulgaris)

    Thyme plant with tiny purple blossoms in sunlight

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    It's always a bonus when a plant can do double duty in the garden, and thyme fulfills that role nicely. Many cultivars act both as a flowering ground cover and as a culinary herb, such as 'Italian Oregano' thyme. All varieties of thyme need full sun and good drainage, and the plants respond well to shearing after spring blooms begin to fade. The purple blossoms will come back a few weeks later and attract native bees and beneficial wasps. The leaves grow in clusters on thin stems, and are used to add a savory essence to soups and vegetables throughout the growing season. 

    • USDA Growing Zones: 2 to 10
    • Color Varieties: Purple
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun
    • Soil Needs: Well-drained