Stepable groundcover is a planting concept that looks just like it sounds…living, low growing plants used in an area designed for foot traffic and regular use. There are a large number of stepable groundcover plants for any situation: high traffic areas, shady areas, full sun areas, in-fill for patio seams, and a number of other applications. Our temperate climate around Puget Sound is nicely suited for many of these plants and a wide variety of them will establish well in our area.
Options and Applications
These plants don’t have to be dull or plain. Many produce small hardy flowers and the variety of textures and colors make them a very nice addition to any landscape area. They work as a good alternative in hard-to-establish shady lawn areas and work well as in-fill around patio pavers. Mosses, low growing ornamental grasses, sedums, and other spreading plants are good examples of just some of the stepable groundcover plants available.
Instead of a Grass Lawn
A popular alternative to high maintenance water thirsty lawns, stepable groundcovers produce an effect that is welcoming in any landscape design. Many of these plants are drought tolerant and establish quite well after growing for a season or two. They are a great low maintenance option, while still providing usable areas in the landscape. At True Scape Design we have installed these for a number of clients and have a knack for picking the right stepable groundcover for the right situation. Have a lawn area that is just too time consuming or shady to keep established? Want to turn that blank bed area into an intricate patio combined with living plants to tie it all together? We can make it happen.
Sandy’s Plants: Stepable groundcover species selections.
Country Living: Article on stepable groundcovers and their uses and benefits in the landscape.
Thyme Garden: Utilizing stepable groundcovers in herb gardens.