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.
Creeping Thyme forms low growing, 2 inch tall carpets of green aromatic, lemon-scented leaves. Plants are blanketed in carmine-pink flowers in late spring and summer. They are loved by butterflies. Vigorous and easy to grow, 'Magic Carpet' thyme is an excellent small scale ground cover. Also beautiful between stepping stones or in containers.
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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
Walk-On-Me Plant is a creeping thyme that grows only 3" tall. (Also called Mother of Thyme). Plant around flagstones or for a decorative, dense-growing ground cover. Walk on it and the whole area will be filled with the aromatic smell of fresh thyme. It grows well in partial shade to full sun and hard-to-plant areas. Spreads rapidly. Has small evergreen leaves and clusters. Plant 6-12" apart. Field grown plants. Deer Resistant and attracts butterflies.