Plants for garden pathways which can handle foot traffic: Irish Moss is just the moss-like ground cover for rock gardens and planting between stepping stones and pavers, It is easy to cultivate these plants on pathways. They spread very rapidly and are blessed with a quality to tolerate heavy foot traffic. It cannot tolerate mcuh traffic or direct sunlight in the heat of the day in the Lower South.
Corsican Mint ~ Wonderful, mat forming groundcover that features tight green, aromatic foliage. Tiny lavender flowers in summer. Plant as a lawn substitution or between stones so that the gentle scent of mint is released when walked on. Excellent for front entryways and back patios. Will take moist areas as well as normal landscape scenarios and will reseed easily in the garden.
The kids call them truffula flowers. "Allium Gladiator" have large, ball-shaped purple flowerheads, 6-9 inches across with silver tips. Blooms late spring, early summer. Great as long-lasting cut flower. Height: 4-5 feet (Bulb)
Green hanging amaranth is also called Emerald Tassle. It's great for creating a trailing effect. There is also a burgandy/red variety called "love lies bleeding"! Not a great name for a wedding flower-but still very pretty!
Fothergilla A wonderful but underused shade-loving shrub, fothergilla offers blue-green foliage in spring and summer. Its leaves reveal warm shades of gold and orange in fall. And fothergilla has honey-scented springtime flowers to boot.
Excellent cottage garden path: "I love the way the plants and flowers spill over the path. It just makes it feel so exuberant. The rambling rose also makes for a lovely entry into the home. This gives me the thought of perhaps growing a rambler around the front of my garage. I have a bed nearby where I could start it and then train it up and over."