Pathway Perennials---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.
Red Stonecrop (Sedum Spurium 'Schorbuser Blut') Zone: 3 to is a very attractive border plant that does not mind the shade and can be used as ground cover under trees and shrubs. Another advantage of these plants is that they suppress the growth of weeds.
Landscape design, flower garden: Turkish speedwell (Veronica liwanensis) Fast growing, drought tolerant ground cover that likes full sun and reaches about in height. Tolerant of poor soil and is cold hardy.
grows anywhere, even in poor, dry, sandy soil where other ground covers fail. Spreads lavishly, needs little attention and flowers profusely with little care. Zones: Light: Full Sun to Full Partial Shade
If you don't want to work on making your entire yard a private paradise, take one corner and transform it into a secluded getaway.Here, for example, two pines make a hammock feel tucked away. Add post for a hammock!