If you want to incorporate plant material into your labyrinth design, your primary concern is the mature size of the plant whether it is an annual (die in one year) or a perennial (live for several years and usually keep getting bigger). You don’t want the pathways to get overgrown so consider the width of your paths when you pick plants.

Choose vertical growth patterns over spreading plants — these work better.

Some annual suggestions that will do well in almost any zone for a full sun labyrinth garden:

  • Ageratum
  • Alyssum (trim as necessary to keep paths clear)
  • Portulaca (moss rose)
  • Dusty Miller
  • Marigold (small varieties)
  • Pansy
  • Zinnia (short, compact varieties)
  • Violas
  • Lantana

For a more shaded labyrinth garden, you might try these annuals:

  • Impatients
  • Begonia
  • Coleus (small varieties)

Perennials: check with your local nursery for small or upright perennials and decorative grasses. Perennials might start out small and take about three years to reach full growth but might overwhelm your paths. Still, we love perennials and nothing looks nicer than a garden labyrinth with exotic grasses or the lovely paths bordered by hens and checks.

Hens and Chicks work beautifully along the lines