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Groundcovers That Tolerate Moderate Foot Traffic

By Edited Jul 14, 2016 1 2

So, you just finished putting in a patio made out of a paving stones. Now you need something to fill in the empty spaces between the stones. Rather than filling in the gaps with key gravel or sand, why don’t you try a low growing groundcover that adds more beauty to your yard? When choosing plants for this purpose, you have to take into account the amount of sunlight they will receive and how much foot traffic to expect. According to Washington State University’s master gardeners, moderate foot traffic is traffic that occurs up to twice a day. Make sure to choose plants that are shallow rooting; they will not disturb the paving stones. Deep rooting plants tend to disrupt anything above the soil.

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Betony
Betony (Stachys densiflora 'Alba') can grow up to a height of 3 inches and have a spread up to 6 inches. This evergreen groundcover produces white flowers during the months of May and June.
Betony performs best in full sun. Plant it in well-draining soil. This flowering groundcover is hardy up to USDA zone 4. It is deer and rabbit resistant.This is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate foot traffic and attracts butterflies. It is drought tolerant.

Creeping Thyme
Creeping thyme (Thymus citriodorus 'Archer's Gold') is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate foot traffic. It can grow up to a height of 3 inches and have a spread up to 8 inches. This fragrant evergreen groundcover has gold tinged foliage and produces pink flowers during the month of August. It thrives in moist, well-draining soils located in a sunny spot. Archer's Gold is hardy up to USDA zone 5. While it is deer resistant, it attracts butterflies. Do not water this plants too often, too much water will impair its growth. Once established, it is highly drought tolerant.



Creeping Thyme
Creeping Thyme (Thymus serpyllum 'Magic Carpet') can grow up to a height of 2 inches and have a spread up to 12 inches. The fragrant, evergreen foliage provides a cozy backdrop for the pink flowers the plant produces during the months of July and August. this is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate traffic that performs best in full sun. Magic carpet is hardy up to USDA zone 4. It is deer resistant but attracts butterflies. It requires well-draining soils that stay moist. Once established, it is drought tolerant.

Pink Creeping Baby's Breath
Pink creeping baby's breath(Gypsophila repens 'Rosea') is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate foot traffic. It can grow up to a height of 8 inches and have a spread up to 18 inches. The long blooming, evergreen groundcover has foliage that is a grey-green color. It produces pink blooms during the months of May and June. Pink creeping baby’s breath performs best and well-draining soils located in the sunny spot. It is hardy up to USDA zone 5. It is deer resistant. It attracts butterflies. It is drought tolerant once it is established.

Creeping Thyme


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Sweet Flag
Sweet flag (Acorus gramineus minimus aureus ) can grow up to a height of 4 inches and has a spread up to 6 inches. It tolerates moderate foot traffic. Sweet flag tolerates a wide range of soil conditions as long as the soil remains moist. the fragrance, evergreen foliage turns an interesting chartreuse color. It performs best in light shade and is hardy up to USDA zone 5. It is deer resistant.

Cup Flower
Cup flower (Nierembergia repens 'Alba') can grow to a height of 5 inches and he has a spread up to 12 inches. This long-blooming beauty is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate foot traffic. It produces white flowers during the months of July, August and September. Grow cup flour in any area that receives light shade and where the soil remains moist. It is hardly up to USDA zone 7.

Corsican Sandwort
Corsican sandwort (Arenaria balearica) is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate foot traffic. It can grow up to a height of 2 inches and has a spread up to 12 inches. this evergreen groundcover produces white flowers during the month of April. It requires light shade and moist, well-draining soil. Corsican sandwort is hardy up to USDA zone 6. Once established, it is drought tolerant. If flowering diminishes, it may be time to divide the plants.

Golden Creeping Speedwell
Golden creeping speedwell (Veronica repens 'Sunshine') Tegretol height of 2 inches and has a spread 12 inches. This is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate traffic. This evergreen groundcover has foliage that turns golden. It produces blue blooms during the month of July. Golden creeping speedwell requires well-draining soil that remains moist. It is highly tolerant of clay soil. It is hardy up to USDA zone 5. This groundcover is deer and rabbit resistant. It attracts butterflies. Once established, it is drought tolerant.

Creeping Speedwell


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Dwarf Bugleweed
Dwarf bugleweed (Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip') can grow up to a height of 4 inches and has a spread up to 12 inches. This evergreen groundcover has interesting burgandy colored foliage. It produces blue blooms during the months of March, April and May. It performs best in moist, well-draining soils located in an area that receives at least partial shade. This is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate foot traffic that tolerates clay spoil. Chocolate Chip is hardy up to USDA zone 3. It attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Once mature, it will tolerate short periods of drought.

Purple Brass Buttons
Purple brass buttons(Leptinella pusilla) is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate foot traffic. It can grow up to a height of 2 inches and has a spread up to 9 inches. This groundcover has purple foliage. Purple brass buttons produces yellow blooms in April and May. It thrives in partial shade where the soil is well-draining and remains moist. It is hardy up to USDA zone 5. Once it has matured, it is drought tolerant for short periods of time.

Corsican Mint
Corsican mint (Mentha requienii) can grow up to a height of 2 inches and has a spread up to 6 inches. This evergreen groundcover thrives in shady areas. it produces lavender colored blooms throughout the months of June and July. It requires moist, well-draining soils. This is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate foot traffic that is also rabbit and deer resistant. Corsican mint is hardy up to USDA zone 6. It is drought tolerant.

Black-Leaved Clover
Black-Leaved clover (Trifolium repens 'Atropurpureum') can grow to a height of 4 inches and has a spread up to 12 inches. It has interesting burgundy colored foliage with the outer edges of the leaves being a bright green. It produces white blooms throughout the months of May and June. it requires well- draining soils that remain moist. It grows well in clay soil. This is one of the groundcovers that tolerates moderate traffic that is hearty up to USDA zone 4. Grow black-leaved clover in area that is at least partially shaded. It attracts butterflies and other pollinators to your yard. Once established, it is drought tolerant.

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Comments

Mar 30, 2012 7:59am
southerngirl09
Very interesting article with so many good suggestions for ground covers. I have some of the Dwarf bugleweed, it is both pretty and hardy.
Mar 30, 2012 6:28pm
DebDavies
Thanks for adding your experience!
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  1. "Plant Stepables." Washington State University: Clark County Extension. 29/03/2012 <Web >

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