There are dozens of low ground covers and creeping perennials resilient enough to withstand being walked on. Notice how much (or little) the pathway you're thinking of planting is used and choose the right perennial for your pathway.

Tapestry of hostas, heuchera, fern, and creeping jenny

Plants for Pathways

stepables

Succulents and rocks for added texture and dimension.

20 Plants for garden pathways which can handle foot traffic

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Keep this handy! There is a wealth of information here about dividing perennials! Also a list of best times to divide them.

Moss and Stone Pathway

Creeping Thyme: In early summer the plants are covered with stunning pinkish-rose flowers that last until the first hard frost. The stunning foliage stays all through the winter months. A very hardy perennial that attracts butterflies and can be grown throughout the country

Ground Cover for Garden Pathways Soften the hard edges of stone steps, paths, or patios with tough but pretty ground covers that can withstand more than a little stomping.

Beautiful Campanula spreading between stone steps. A tried and true perennial for any location.

Gardening ideas for a "hell strip" -- just past the driveway? next to the shed? Keeps getting over-run with long crab grass... Cover it with weedblocker/ pebbles/ decorative rocks & add a few tough-to-kill perennials.

Rozanne Reblooming Perennial Geranium, part shade to full sun

Creeping Thyme ground cover 1000 seeds, fragrant herb, perennial in zones 4 to 9, sun or light shade, deerproof, Thymus serpyllum.

cobbles w/moss