Answer: Some really rugged groundcovers include Ajuga (Carpet bugle), Hedra (ivy), Cotoneaster (pyracantha), and Vinca minor (periwinkle). Ajuga has deep green leaves with deep blue highlights. In the spring it sends out spikes of bright blue flowers. The flowers fade, the spikes collapse and no deadheading is necessary; Ivy doesn't flower (to any significant degree) and can become invasive, but it is fast growing; cotoneaster produces small white flowers and clusters of red-orange berries in the fall (birds love the berries); vinca produces blue or white flowers from spring through summer and does not require deadheading. Any of these will work well for the site you describe. Best wishes with your landscape!
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