Walkable Ground Cover - Knowledgebase Question

Oswego, NY
Question by etaylor1
April 19, 2002
We live in zone 5 just south of the lee side of Lake Ontario. Our new house house is in the woods along a large creek but we have good sun most of the day in a 50' radius from the house. Would like to have gardens and ground cover around the house WITHOUT grass to mow. Can you suggest some sort of creeping ground cover that can stand up to being walked on? Would prefer not to have herbal scents tracked through the house but wonder is all else fails would Corsica mint or creeping sage work?


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Answer from NGA
April 19, 2002

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to try, and oregano tends to seed about and can be an interesting herbal ground cover, however it is taller and does not provide that uniform appearance we think of as groundcover.

A very low growing ground cover plant to consider is Lysimachia nummularia aurea or golden creeping Jenny. This plant is short, takes foot traffic and spreads nicely but it is a bit of a dificult color in the landscape, depending on your personal taste.

Mazus reptans is another one to consider, it is low growing, spreads without being invasive and takes occasional foot traffic and has lovely blooms in the spring.

Finally, ajuga or carpet bugle might be worthwhile. This is a traditional groundcover for sun, partial sun and partial shade and blooms nicely each spring. There are numerous varieties available ranging from miniature to about ten inches tall and with different foliage colors from green to purplish to muilticolored.

I hope this gives you some ideas. to try, and oregano tends to seed about and can be an interesting herbal ground cover, however it is taller and does not provide that uniform appearance we think of as groundcover.

A very low growing ground cover plant to consider is Lysimachia nummularia aurea or golden creeping Jenny. This plant is short, takes foot traffic and spreads nicely but it is a bit of a dificult color in the landscape, depending on your personal taste.

Mazus reptans is another one to consider, it is low growing, spreads without being invasive and takes occasional foot traffic and has lovely blooms in the spring.

Finally, ajuga or carpet bugle might be worthwhile. This is a traditional groundcover for sun, partial sun and partial shade and blooms nicely each spring. There are numerous varieties available ranging from miniature to about ten inches tall and with different foliage colors from green to purplish to muilticolored.

I hope this gives you some ideas.

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