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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Creeping Jenny comes back every year and keeps out the weeds. MY FAVORITE!
Creeping Jenny - Groundcover
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
Heuchera 'Smokey Rose' Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage) Alumroot, Coral Bells Type: Perennial Hardiness range: 4A - 9A Height: 6" to 18" / 15cm to 45cm Spread: 12" to 16" / 30cm to 40cm Growth rate: Average Exposure: Partial shade or partial sun to full sun Persistence: Evergreen Bloom color: Pink Bloom season: Late Spring to Early Fall Leaf color: Green, purple, variegated Fruit color: n/a Water requirements: Moist Soil pH requirements: Neutral Soil type: Loamy Native habitat: Form: Rounded Landscape uses: Alpine garden, border, container, ground cover, massing, rock garden, specimen, woodland garden Attributes and features: Attracts birds, attractive foilage
Heuchera 'Smokey Rose' Family: Saxifragaceae (Saxifrage) Alumroot, Coral Bells Type: Perennial Hardiness range: 4A - 9A Height: 6" to 18" / 15cm to 45cm Spread: 12" to 16" / 30cm to 40cm Growth rate: Average Exposure: Partial shade or partial sun to full sun Persistence: Evergreen Bloom color: Pink Bloom season: Late Spring to Early Fall Leaf color: Green, purple, variegated Fruit color: n/a Water requirements: Moist Soil pH requirements: ...
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.
Carpet Bugle - This low growing 4-6 inch tall ground cover spreads rapidly, forming attractive mats of dark green foliage. 6 inch spikes of blue flowers cover the plants in spring and early summer and are spectacular in mass plantings. A terrific choice for banks, under trees, next to foundations, or in containers. Needs moist soil and full sun, or part to light shade. Winter hardy to zone 3.
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Purple Jackmanii - Love it. - The Jackmanii clematis is probably the best known of all the clematis vines. It was the first one I grew in my first real garden. The saying goes: " Her head in the sunshine, her feet in the shade." Choose a sunny spot, with at least six hours sun, but give the soil a little cover to keep the soil moist, rocks and ground cover is better.