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Blue star creeper is a tough ground cover that's an excellent choice for a parking strip.

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Stepables, a grassy replacement for walkways and small areas - soft and cool to the touch, and the more they get stepped on, the more they thrive!

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Ground cover for stepping stone path. It makes creating a stone walkway easier in two ways: you can skip the thick gravel base. The plants will hide stones that shift and become uneven. Also, you don’t have to lay the stones perfectly. Ground cover plants that can tolerate foot traffic: Creeping Thyme, Blue Star Creeper, Brass Buttons, Creeping Mazus, Sedum.

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Pratia or White Star Creeper is a herbaceous perennial groundcover used as a lawn substitute, as fillers in pathways, in rock gardens and in borders. A profusion of starry white flowers bloom spring through summer, followed by globular, reddish-purple fruit in autumn, attracting birds. This plant will tolerate wet or dry conditions in sun or shade. Low growing (2-3" tall). Zones 5-10

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Mosquito repelling Creeping Thyme plant. It has citronella oil that makes it smell lemony. Need this!

Rudbeckia hirta Common name: Black-eyed Susan Family: Asteraceae Height: 1 - 3.5 feet Spreads: None Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun Soil Texture: Clay, Loamy Soil Moisture: Dry, Moist pH: 6 - 7 Blooms in: June to October Bloom Color: yellow, black eye Bears Fruit: None Fruit Type: capsule Evergreen: no Ground Cover: no Habitat: fields, meadows, and roadsides Wildlife Use: Butterflies, Song Birds, Insects, Bees

acalypha repens (dwarf chenille) - sun or shade, avg-moist soil, e/green except if frost (will die and come back)

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Mazus reptans, low growing ground cover only 1 to 3 inches high. Bright green foliage persists into the fall, staying semi-evergreen in the winter. Purplish-blue or white flowers appearing in June and July. Mazus grows in full sun to partial shade and prefers moist conditions. Herbaceous perennial, it can spread fast by its creeping stems which root at the nodes forming a thick mat. Mazus will take some foot traffic, has no disease or insect problems, and is deer resistant. –Bob Orazi“

One of the best low-growing Junipers, with its softer, more feathery texture, brighter yellow summer color, and fall hues of subtle coral. Spreads 3-5' in 10 years, but stays only 6" high, making it an eye-catching choice for a ground cover or front-of-the-border spot. Plant in morning sun, afternoon shade, and average soil, moist but well-drained. Juniperus horizontalis ‘Gold Strike’ ; 4" pot.