Blue Star Creeper (Pratia pedunculate)

 

2” h x 12” w

Zone 5-9

Tolerates light to moderate foot traffic

Blue Star Creeper is a vigorous, evergreen, mat-forming perennial. It has small ovate leaves and bears a profusion of violet-blue, star-shaped flowers throughout the summer. This groundcover is a favorite as a lawn substitute, and is also a wonderful choice for filling in stepping stones or paths. Soil with good drainage is necessary.

Irish Moss (Sagina subulata)

1” h x 12” w

Zone 4-8

Tolerates light to moderate foot traffic

This evergreen groundcover forms a very low moss-like carpet of bright shamrock-green foliage. Tiny white flowers begin to appear in late spring. It has a moderate growth rate, and is best used between stepping stones or in walkways. It is also a good choice as a lawn substitute if the soil has proper drainage.

 

 

Red Creeping Thyme (Thymus praecox ‘Coccineus’)

 

2″ h x 18″ w

Zone 4-9

Attracts Butterflies

Tolerates light to moderate foot traffic

This flat-growing Thyme features fragrant dark green leaves, smothered by bright magenta-red flowers in early summer. The foliage is fragrant all year long. Thrives in well-draining, slightly dry soil. Other varieties of thyme work well for groundcover as well. It goes nicely along paths and between stones, as well as in mixed beds and pots when allowed to trail over the edges. It also adds great color to fairy gardens.

 

Bugleweed (Ajuga Reptans)

 

5″ h x 18″ w

Zone 4-10

Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds

Ajuga is an excellent spreading perennial groundcover featuring purple flower spikes and attractive green and bronze foliage. Forms a dense, carpet-like mat, even in shady areas. This groundcover is excellent for erosion control and under trees, as well as along pathways. It is one of the hardiest choices for between stepping stones.

 

Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

 

10″ h x 24″ w

Zone 2-6

Drought tolerant

Kinnikinnick is a cold-hardy, Oregon native groundcover with clusters of pale pink 2-inch bell-shaped flowers followed by edible red berries which persist into winter. The foliage is a lush green that fills in densely as it spreads. Its autumn foliage is tinged red-gold. Ideal for rock gardens or water conscious landscapes, as well as on sloping ground.

Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis)

 

8″ h x 12″ w

Zone 4-8

Drought tolerant

Deer resistant

Outstanding groundcover for small shady areas. It spreads to form a dense carpet with its attractive evergreen stems and extra-glossy, bright green leaves. Small white blossoms appear in the spring. Perfect for mass plantings under large trees in a shade to dappled sunlight setting. It is dense enough to prevent weed growth in shaded areas where other herbaceous plants will not fill in.

Periwinkle (Vinca minor)

 

6” h x 18” w

Zone 4-10

Deer resistant

Periwinkle is an excellent, lush, evergreen groundcover that thrives in dappled shade. It grows rapidly with trailing stems, but takes time to fill in densely. Produces star-shaped blue flowers in spring and has small, glossy, dark green leaves. Great for filling in under large trees and on sloping ground.

Photo Credits:

Blue Star Creeper photo credit to Stepables.com

Irish Moss photo credit to Stepables.com

Creeping Red Thyme photo credit to Bachmanslandscaping.com

Bugleweed photo credit to Hiddenhillsgarden.com

Pachysandra photo credit to Amazon.com