Ground Cover Between Pavers - Knowledgebase Question

San Diego, CA
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Question by djberardelli
August 3, 2002
I'm looking for a ground cover to grow in-between pavers that would do well in zone 21 in California. The area is small (10 x 10)and is partially shaded. It needs to tolerate kid foot traffic too. I don't really want to deal with mowing lawn in such a small area. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

Answer from NGA
August 3, 2002
Soleirolia soleirolii (Baby's Tears) and Pratia pedunculata(Blue Star Creeper) are two exceptional choices for planting between pavers in a shady spot. Baby's Tears forms a lush, medium-green mat and stands up to foot traffic. Blue Star Creeper has lighter green foliage and blooms all spring and summer with tiny, sky-blue flowers. It, too, will stand up to some foot traffic. You can also grow dichondra in between the pavers. While normally considered a lawn substitute in your gardening region, it will grow reliably between pavers, stand up to lots of foot traffic, and will not need regular mowing - keeping it short is just a matter of walking on it regularly.

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