The Q&A Archives: Groundcover for Foot Traffic

Question: I checked the archives and didn't find an answer that aptly applied. I have a small area on north side of house, slightly sloping, under a fruitless mulberry, where grasses struggle. I'm thinking of a carpet-like ground cover that will withstand lots of foot traffic. Dappled sun most of the time.

Answer: To be honest, most groundcovers will not withstand lots of foot traffic, so an alternative suggestion might be to install a path or stepstones with groundcover on both sides. You might try mazus reptans which is about the sturdiest under foot traffic, although it does prefer a moist soil. Other possibilities are the smaller perennial geraniums or one of the ajugas as the groundcover.

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