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Groundcovers That Tolerate Heavy Foot Traffic

By Edited Jun 2, 2016 0 0

Plant one of the ground covers that tolerates heavy foot traffic in between the paving stones of your patio if you plan on using your patio every day. According to the master gardeners from Washington State University Clark County extension, heavy foot traffic is foot traffic that occurs three or more times throughout the day. When choosing groundcovers to plant between paving stones, choose plants that are appropriate for the amount of sun the area receives. Avoid choosing plants that have a deep root system because these plants tend to either the soil underneath the stones. You don’t want somebody to twist their ankle, or trip and fall, while they are attempting to enjoy your patio.

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Rupturewort-Green Carpet

Rupturewort-Green Carpet (Herniaria glabra) is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic. it can grow up to a height of 1 inch and has a 10 inch spread. This evergreen groundcover produces white flowers in July. Grow this ground cover in an area that receives full sun and has well-draining soil. Rupturewort-Green Carpet is hardy up to USDA zone 5. Once established, it is drought tolerant.

Wooly Thyme

Wooly thyme (Thymus praecox 'Pseudolanuginosus') can grow to a height of 1 inch and often spreads up to 12 inches. This is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic. the fragrance, evergreen foliage is gray-green. During the month of July, this groundcover produces tiny pink flowers. Plant woolly thyme in an area that receives full sun. It requires a well-draining soil. It is hardy up to USDA zone 6. This plant is deer resistant and attracts butterflies. This is a vigorous plant that is drought resistant.

Elfin Thyme

Elfin thyme (Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin') is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic. It can grow to a height of 1 inch and has a spread up to 8 inches. This fragrant, evergreen groundcover produces lavender colored blooms in July and August. It performs best in full sun but will tolerate some light shade. It requires well draining soil. Elfin thyme is hardy up to USDA zone 4. It is deer resistant and attracts butterflies. This low-maintenance groundcover is drought resistant once it is established.

White Star Creeper

White star creeper (Pratia angulata) can grow up to a height of 2 inches and has spread as wide as 12 inches. White blooms erupt from the fragrance foliage during the months of May, June, July and August. This is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic that thrives in full sun but can handle a little bit of light shade. White star creeper requires well-draining soils that remain moist. It is hardy up to USDA zone 6. It is both deer and drought resistant.

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Miniature Moneywort

Miniature moneywort (Lysimachia japonica 'Minutissima') can grow up to a height of 1 inch and have a spread up to 6 inches.during the month of June, it produces yellow flowers among the Evergreen foliage. For best results, grow in an area that receives some shade and has moist, well-draining soil. Miniature moneywort is hardy up to USDA zone 6. It is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic that is rabbit resistant. Once established, miniature moneywort is drought resistant for short periods of time.

Irish Moss

Irish moss (Sagina subulata) is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic. It can grow up to a height of 3 inches and have a spread up to 12 inches. This evergreen groundcover has interesting foliage. It produces white flowers during the months of May and June. Irish moss thrives in areas that receive light shade and have moist, well-draining soil. It is hardy up to USDA zone 4. This plant is deer resistant and almost as sturdy as grass. It is not drought tolerant.

Scotch Moss

Scotch moss (Sagina subulata 'Aurea') can grow to a height of 3 inches and have a spread up to 12 inches. Like Irish moss, this evergreen groundcover has interesting chartreuse colored foliage. It also produces white flowers during the months of May, June and July. It is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic that requires light shade and moist, well draining soil. Scotch moss is hardy up to USDA zone 4. It is deer resistant and tough. It does not tolerate drought conditions.

Irish Moss


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Miniature Brass Button

Miniature brass button (Leptinella gruveri) can grow up to a height of 1 inch and has spread as wide as 8 inches. this is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic that has interesting shaped green foliage. It produces tiny yellow flowers throughout the growing season. in order to look its best, grow it in shade to partial shade. It requires moist, while draining soils. This groundcover is hardy up to USDA zone 7. Miniature brass button is deer resistant. It attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Once established, it is drought tolerant but may go dormant.

Labrador Violet

Labrador violet (Viola labradorica) can grow up to a height of 6 inches and has a spread as wide as 12 inches. This evergreen groundcover his purple foliage. This is a long-blooming plant. It produces lavender colored flowers during the months of May, June, July, August and September. it performs best in areas that receive at least partial shade. It needs well-draining soils that remain moist. Labrador violet is hardy up to USDA zone 2. It is deer resistant. It attracts butterflies from early spring until fall. This is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic that is not drought tolerant.

Blue Star Creeper

Blue star creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis) can grow up to a height of 3 inches in have a spread as wide as 18 inches. This groundcover grows rapidly. Blue flowers cover the plant from early spring until they are killed by frost. During the fall, the foliage of this plant provides interest. This is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic that grows in sun but performs very well in shade. Blue star creeper requires well-draining soils that remain moist. It is hardy up to USDA zone 6. It is both deer and rabbit resistant. Once established, this is one of the groundcovers that tolerates heavy foot traffic and is drought tolerant.

Blue Star Creeper

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Bibliography

  1. "Plant Stepables." Washington State University: Clark County Extension. 29/03/2012 <Web >

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