Blue Star Creeper (Pratia pedunculate)

 

2” h x 12” w

Zone 5-9

Tolerates light to moderate foot traffic

Fast growth rate

Moderate water needs

Evergreen with 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.

Creeping Wire Vine (Muehlenbeckia axillaris)

 

4-6″ h x 36″ w

Zone 6-9

Tolerates heavy foot traffic

Moderate to fast growth rate

Moderate water needs

Semi-evergreen that adds a unique texture to the landscape. Wiry stems with glossy green round leaves and late summer white fruits. Attractive when paired with boulders, makes a nice addition to a rock garden.

English Daisy (Bellis perennis)

3-4″ h x 12-24″ w

Zone 2-6

Attracts Pollinators

Tolerates moderate to heavy foot traffic

Moderate to fast growth rate

Moderate to low water needs

Semi-evergreen, forming dense, weed-suppressing mats of bright green foliage. Cheery blooms all summer long. Can be mown, and it a great way to dead head and encourage more blooms!

Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

 

10″ h x 24″ w

Zone 2-6

Attracts Pollinators

Tolerates moderate foot traffic

Moderate to fast growth rate

Low water needs

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, and erosion control.

Pachysandra (Pachysandra terminalis)

 

8″ h x 12″ w

Zone 4-8

Tolerates moderate foot traffic

Moderate to fast growth rate

Low water needs

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. 

Stonecrop (Sedum spp.)

6-12” h x 1-2′ w

Zone 2-9

Attracts Pollinators

Tolerates light foot traffic but can reroot from broken leaves and stems easily

Moderate to fast growth rate

Low water needs

Evergreen, low growing succulents that range in colors and leaf shape. Thrives in hot, dry areas making them perfect for rock gardens and drought tolerant landscapes. Most bloom in summer. Soil with good drainage is necessary.

 

 

Lipstick Strawberry (Fragaria x ‘Lipstick’)

4-6″ h x  12-20″ w

Zone 2-8

Attracts Pollinators

Tolerates moderate foot traffic

Fast growth rate

Moderate water needs

Showy selection of groundcover strawberry, flaunting bright pink to red blooms spring through fall and shiny red berries. This groundcover is excellent for erosion control and under trees, as well as along pathways. Can be mowed to rejuvenate foliage.