9 Best Tiny Flowers for Your Garden

If you've overlooked the appeal of tiny flowers in favor of larger ones, you're missing out on a world of fragrance and beauty. You can tuck them into a rock wall, plant them between pavers, use them as fillers, and add them to cut flower arrangements.

Part of the wonder of tiny flowers is their sheer mass; a single plant may contain thousands of flowers, beckoning butterflies with their shallow nectar tubes. Here are nine tiny flowers that will enhance your borders, hanging baskets, and even fairy gardens.

Tip

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)

    Babys Breath

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    You may know baby's breath best as a cliche 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

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    Also known as starflower and alpine blossom, Erinus alpinus features feather-like petals and dark green stems that can be grown from seed. However, it's easier to start Fairy Foxglove flowers with a more mature plant acquired from a nursery. These flowers will happily grow in any rock crevice or wall. 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)

    Bunch Of Forget-Me-Not Flowers
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    If you struggle to find a pretty plant for your woodland garden that the rabbits and deer won't bother, try low maintenance forget-me-not. In April and May, the plants are covered in bright blue flowers with cheerful yellow eyes. Although a short-lived perennial, the flowers will self-seed and return for many years 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

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    Part of the charm of Cymbalaria muralis, also called ivy-leaved toadflax, is the wonderful 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 six and warmer, but self-seeding in colder areas 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)

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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 rockcress, there are more than a dozen hybrids to start your collection, including the brilliant purple 'Axcent Lilac', or you can grow the species Aubrieta gracilis from seed. 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)

    Side view of large group of white flowers of evergreen perennial Cerastium tomentosum plant in a sunny spring garden, beautiful outdoor floral background
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    The silver foliage of Cerastium tomentosum is a clue to the drought tolerance of this robust perennial. This versatile plant features an abundance of white flowers, and you can use snow-in-summer to accent border edges, fill in crevices, or tuck in between garden pavers. 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 three, 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

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    The fragrance of tiny sweet alyssum blooms is so delightful 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

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    It's always a joy 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 also have culinary value, such as 'Italian Oregano' thyme. All thymes 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 the thin stems, and they can add a savory essence to your soups and vegetables throughout the growing season. 

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