Stepables®

STEPABLES® are tough, earth-friendly, easy-to-maintain perennials that take foot traffic. These little green heroes can liberate your landscape from that not-so-green mower, cut down on the use of chemicals and create lovely beds of color! Plus, they're quick to foster friendly habitats for all kinds of great beneficial critters. Smaller carbon footprint, anyone?

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Botanical Name     Common Name
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Acaena inermis 'Purpurea'
Common Name: Purple New Zealand Bur

Low growing mats of evergreen, purple, fern-like foliage are suitable for sun or part shade. Reddish brown blooms appear in early summer, followed by interesting thornless burr-like fruits in fall.


Acaena saccaticupula 'Blue Haze'
Common Name: New Zealand Bur

Fine, evergreen fern-like foliage forms a mat of steel blue that is very eye-catching greenish flowers are produced on short stems in summer, followed by pretty mahogany-red burr-like fruits in fall.


Acorus gramineus minimus aureus
Common Name: Sweet Flag

Dwarf fans of bright golden leaves make a colorful evergreen groundcover or highlight for a rock garden. Moisture loving plants, they form mats of stiff, narrow bladed leaves. Can tolerate clay soil. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Ajuga reptans 'Chocolate Chip'
Common Name: Dwarf Bugleweed

Small, narrow purplish-green colored leaves with spikes of blue flowers. This ajuga is one of the best performers. Evergreen. A great groundcover, bugleweed is happy in conditions ranging from drought to bogs. Can be grown under black walnut trees. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Takes moderate foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Antennaria dioica 'Rubra'
Common Name: Pink Pussytoes

Gray-green leaves with silvery undersides form a low creeping mat that sets off 4"-6" stems of fuzzy pink flowers in late spring. Deer resistant! Alaska Native. Host plant for Virginia Lady Butterfly. Great for wall nooks, between pavers or as a filler for that hot, sunny spot where nothing else will grow. Light foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Arenaria balearica
Common Name: Corsican Sandwort

Tiny leaves on minute, creeping stems cover the ground and surrounding rocks like green paint. Tiny white flowers appear in mid-spring. Good for rockeries. Takes moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Armeria 'Victor Reiter'
Common Name: Sea Thrift

Tiny tufts of fine, grassy, gray-green leaves are topped with 6" stems of small soft-pink blooms that look like little pom-poms. Dainty enough to charm a fairy. Perfect plant for pocket areas, rock gardens or near a pond edge. Light foot traffic. Space on 4" centers.


Armeria maritima 'Rubrifolia'
Common Name: Sea Thrift

Luscious little, hot-pink, pom-pom blooms over burgundy to smoky-green, shiny grass-like foliage. Foliage is more green in summer and returns to burgundy in cooler weather. Great for rock gardens and the front of the border. Light foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Cymbalaria aequitriloba 'Mini Kenilworth'
Common Name: Mini Kenilworth Ivy

Very tiny plants with pretty litle scalloped leaves are as short or shorter than mosses. Trailing runners make a solid mat, a nice filler in shady areas. Has lots of tiny, mauve pink flowers in May and sporadically thereafter. Mostly evergreen, except in extra cold weather. Tolerates light foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Dymondia margaretae 'Silver Carpet'
Common Name: Silver Carpet

Narrow green leaves with fuzzy, silvery backs stay tight to the ground as they slowly creep around. Tiny yellow daisy blooms in summer stay close to the mat. Effective between pavers and stones which protect the thick roots. Tolerates moderate foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Eleocharis radicans
Common Name: Miniature Rush

Deep green, grass-like blades stay just above the ground giving the appearance of lawn. This deciduous little rush has tiny little flower beads in summer. Creates small mounds in tight quarters. Rapid grower that readily reseeds. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Erodium reichardii 'Alba'
Common Name: White Alpine Geranium

Tiny, deep green oval leaves with scalloped edges form a dense weed suppressing cushion. It bears exquisite pure white flowers throughout the spring. Great in rock gardens or between stepping stones. Moderate growth rate. Light foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Erodium reichardii 'Charm'
Common Name: Alpine Geranium

Dainty, pink blooms appear over low mounds of tiny, blue-green scalloped leaves. Makes a nice semi-evergreen groundcover or nicely mounding clump for the rock garden. Light foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Euonymus fortunei 'Kewensis'
Common Name: Miniature Wintercreeper

Shiny, dark green oval leaves line creeping stems that root where they touch the ground. Makes a great evergreen ground cover. It will climb vertical structures. Creamy green blooms are inconspicuous. Leaves turn red to burgundy in cool weather. Tolerates moderate foot traffic. Space on 6"-12" centers


Glechoma hederacea 'Variegata'
Common Name: Creeping Charlie / Variegated Ground Ivy

Evergreen, scalloped heart-shaped leaves with white marbling. Lavender flowers on trailing stems that can be invasive. Quick covering groundcover or trailing container plant. Remove green reversions quickly. Drought tolerance makes it excellent to use under trees where soil is dry so long as it can be contained. Will not attach to trees. Light foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Gypsophila repens 'Rosea'
Common Name: Pink Creeping Baby's Breath

Soft pink flowers in late spring on trailing foliage. Nice rock garden plant or groundcover. Attractive to butterflies. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8"-10" centers.


Herniaria glabra
Common Name: Rupturewort (Green Carpet)

Evergreen carpeter with tiny leaves that turn bronze in winter. Self seeds. Excellent between stepping stones. Tolerates heavy foot traffic. Space on 6"-10" centers.


Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides
Common Name: Variegated Marsh Pennywort

Green, white and yellow create a wonderful array of color for the ground. Leaves root as they spread to create dense mats Small white/green flowers come and go quickly. A vigorous spreader, so careful placement is important. Can also be used as a container plant with trailing stems. Can take moderate foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Isotoma fluviatilis
Common Name: Blue Star Creeper

This super easy to grow mat-former has tiny rounded leaves and very small, blue star-shaped flowers that may bloom spring to frost. Semi-evergreen.  Spreads by undrground rhizomes and by surface rooting. Great groundcover, excellent between stepping stones, under roses, around ponds and decks. Tolerates heavy foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Leptinella gruveri
Common Name: Miniature Brass Button

Tiny serrated leaves send out runners to form a rugged carpet of soft green. Plants spread indefinitely by rhizomes/runners. Excellent between pavers. This plant is so dense that it can withstand car traffic 1-2 times a day. Heavy foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Leptinella potentillina
Common Name: Brass Buttons

Looking like clumps of miniature ferns, the pewter-tinted green 1/1/2"-2" long leaves make a cute, quickly spreading groundcover. The tiny yellow blooms are usually unnoticed. Takes moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Leptinella squalida
Common Name: New Zealand Brass Buttons

Gray-green, ferny creeper that sports small yellow button flowers in summer. Leaves turn bronze in autumn. Nice between pavers and great for bonsai soil cover. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Leptinella squalida 'Platt's Black'
Common Name: Black Brass Buttons

Beautiful bronze/black, fern-like foliage creeps to form a soft, fuzzy mat. Small yellow flowers go unnoticed. Great look for entryways, courtyards, pathways or as a lawn substitute. Adaptable to most soil. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Lindernia grandiflora
Common Name: Blue Moneywort

Light green leaves that hug the ground are topped with white-throated blue flowers all summer and fall. Great around stepping stones or trailing over walls or container edges. Fast growth rate. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Lobelia chinensis
Common Name: Creeping Lobelia

Rapidly spreading plants (up to 3' per year) with small green leaves have pink lobelia-type flowers all summer and fall. Very cute. Spread indefinite. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Lysimachia japonica 'Minutissima'
Common Name: Miniature Moneywort

Tiny green, mouse ear leaves create a cute mat of foliage, while the small green stems root at each node, enabling it to take hold almost everywhere. Yellow flowers on top in summer.  Great between stepping stones. Heavy foot traffic. Space on 6"-8"centers.


Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea'
Common Name: Creeping Jenny / Moneywort

Rampant, prostrate, stem rooting groundcover with rounded, bright chartreuse to gold leaves. Truly golden foliage if grown in constantly wet conditions in full sun. Bright yellow flowers in summer. Semi-evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 12"-18" centers. 


Mazus radicans
Common Name: Motley Mazus

Very unusual creeper. Foliage colors range from brown to green with some black. Incredibly dense mats cover the soil surface completely. Topped in summer (4-6 weeks) with large snapdragon-like flowers - small upper lips purple, larger lower lips white, yellow throat. Red seed pods. Native to New Zealand. Takes heavy foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Mazus reptans
Common Name: Mazus

1/2" -3/4" purple-blue flowers smother the foliage for an extended period of time. Ground hugging, bright green mats of evergreen foliage. Excellent plant for using between stepping stones as it can tolerate light foot traffic. Deer resistant. Light foot trafffic. space on 12" centers.


Mazus reptans 'Albus'
Common Name: Mazus

1/2"-3/4" white flowers smother the foliage for an extended period of time. Ground hugging, bright green mats of evergreen foliage. Excellent plant for using between stepping stones. Tolerates light foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Mentha pulegium 'Nana'
Common Name: Dwarf Pennyroyal/Mosquito Plant

Evergreen, creeping plant with tiny leaves that send out the aroma of mint when brushed or stepped on. Light lavender flowers in summer.  Moderate foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Mentha requienii
Common Name: Corsican Mint

Wonderful, mat forming groundcover that features tight green, aromatic foliage. Tiny lavender flowers in summer. Plant between stones so that the gentle mint scent is released when walked on. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Muehlenbeckia axillaris 'Nana'
Common Name: Creeping Wire Vine

Tiny, dark, glossy green leaves on wiry, bronzy copper colored stems. Inconspicuous green to ivory blooms are followed by transparent white fruits with black seeds - very attractive. Foliage turns bronze with heat or cold. Perfect in a dry path. Semi-evergreen. Heavy foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Nierembergia repens
Common Name: Cup Flower

Cup-shape white blooms over mats of rapidly spreading green foliage that roots at nodes as well as underground runners. Originating from mountain areas of S. America where it grows with its roots in constantly moist soil. This makes a great groundcover around stepping stones, between rocks, or in alpine gardens. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana'
Common Name: Dwarf Mondo Grass

Compact habit and glossy, dark green leaves make this perennial a natural as a ground cover or edging. Spikes of light lavender bell-shaped flowers are followed by small blue-black berries. Rhizomatous habit. Excellent between stepping stones. Deer resistant. A slow grower it tolerates moderate foot traffic. Space on 4" centers.

 


Oreganum vulgare 'Aureum'
Common Name: Golden Oregano

Golden Oregano forms a low growing plant with fragrant foliage that turns lovely golden yellow to chartreuse in summer. Lavender flowers in summer attract butterflies. Deer resistant. An excellent border plant for the herb garden. Tolerates moderate foot traffic. space on 12"-18" centers.


Pratia angulata
Common Name: White Star Creeper

Deep green, rounded foliage spreads by multiple branched stems above the ground. A profusion of starry white flowers in spring and summer are followed by globular, reddish purple fruit in autumn, attracting birds. Tolerates heavy foot traffic.  Space on 8" centers.


Pratia pedunculata
Common Name: Little Star Creeper

Dainty green leaves form a low carpet of green that is bejeweled with tiny blue stars from spring through summer. Wonderful around pavers, hanging over a wall or filling in around rocks and shrubs in the alpine garden. Moderate foot traffic. space on 8" centers.


Pratia pedunculata 'County Park'
Common Name: Star Creeper

Small green leaf creeper which spreads on top of the soil and underground to form a tight carpet. Deep violet blue flowers bloom spring through fall. Perfect for patios, walkways and between other perennial plants. Heavy foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Sagina subulata
Common Name: Irish Moss

Dense, tufts of tiny, slender stems grow together to form a lush carpet of bright green. Small, star-shaped, white flowers cover it almost completely in spring. Usually evergreen, but may go down in very harsh conditions. Self sows. Ideal as a groundcover, terrific between rocks and stones. Can handle heavy foot traffic. Space on 10"-12" centers.


Sagina subulata 'Aurea'
Common Name: Scotch Moss

Dense tufts of tiny, slender stems grow together to form a lush carpet of golden green. Small, star-shaped white flowers cover the plant in the spring. Usually evergreen, but may go dormant in very harsh conditions. Ideal between pavers, terrific between rocks and stones. Tolerates heavy foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Saponaria x oliviana
Common Name: Polish/Cushion Soapwort

A creeping evergreen which forms a neat mat of tidy narrow succulent leaves. Lots of soft pink flowers open from soft, hairy buds in late spring or early summer. Light foot traffic. Space on 12" centers.


Sedum acre
Common Name: Goldmoss Stonecrop

Deep green carpet of fine, succulent leaves becomes completely engulfed with yellow flowers in summer. Foliage turns a beautiful shade of red during cold months. Light to moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Sedum album 'Coral Carpet'
Common Name: Stonecrop

Small, rounded succulent leaves emerge salmon-coral, mature to bright green and turn reddish-bronze in winter or in the heat of summer. Clusters of tiny white to pale pink flowers appear above the foliage in early summer. Quickly forms a dense mat. Tolerates light foot traffic. space on 8" centers.


Sedum album chloroticum 'Baby Tears'
Common Name: Stonecrop

Tiny, teardrop shaped, succulent leaves forms a tight green carpet, turning red in autumn. White flower spikes in summer top this creeper. Great for rock garden paths, or spilling over banks and rock walls. Light foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Sedum hispanicum 'Purple Form'
Common Name: Blue Carpet Stonecrop

Tight clusters of gray-blue, succulent leaves take on deep blue to purple shades in winter. Plants are completely covered with small pink flowers in late summer. Light foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Sedum kamtschaticum 'Variegatum'
Common Name: Variegated Stonecrop

Compact plants sport light green and cream succulent foliage tinted with pink. Spatulate leaves form attractive rosettes. Yellow flowers age to orange.


Sedum requieni
Common Name: Miniature Stonecrop

Tiny green leaves form a tight, evergreen mat less than 1/4" tall.  Minuscule yellow stars appear in summer. Moderate to heavy foot traffic. Space on 4" centers.


Sedum spurium 'John Creech'
Common Name: Stonecrop

Pink to red flowers in June over small, shell-shaped succulent evergreen foliage that takes on a red tint in cool weather. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Light to moderate foot traffic. Space on 4"-6" centers.


Stachys densiflora 'Alba'
Common Name: Betony

Dense mats of crinkled, medium green, elongate, finely scalloped leaves set off short wands of white blooms for much of the summer. Tolerates light to moderate foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Thymus ''Wooly''
Common Name: Wooly Thyme

Creeping, wooly gray foliage and pink flowers create a versatile evergreen groundcover that will cover dry slopes, fill in between rocks or grow in containers. Not humidity tolerant. Works well between stepping stones or around roses. Evergreen. Moderate to heavy foot traffic. Space on 8” centers.


Thymus 'Archer's Gold'
Common Name: Creeping Thyme

Bright gold creeping foliage in winter follows attractive dark green foliage in summer. Evergreen. Small pink flowers in late summer.  Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Thymus 'Bressingham'
Common Name: Thyme

This very low-growing thyme resembles wooly thyme, but with tiny, dark green foliage that is less hairy. Hot pink blooms fade to soft pink creating a delicate carpet to show off roses, line walkways or make a small lawn in difficult areas. Tolerates moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Thymus 'Coccineus'
Common Name: Creeping Red Thyme

Soft aromatic foliage is covered with light rose flowers in summer. Deep green foliage gives way to bronze as weather turns cold. Very versatile perennial that will cover dry slopes, creep around roses or work well as a small lawn substitute. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Thymus 'Doone Valley'
Common Name: Thyme

Green foliage with irregular golden areas that turn reddish in winter. Evergreen. Wonderful lemony fragrance, lavender flowers.  Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Thymus 'Highland Cream'
Common Name: Thyme "Hartington Silver"

This creeping thyme has bright cream/gold foliage with a touch of green in the middle. Soft pink to white flowers adorn it in late spring. Bright color makes this an absolute must for entryways and patios or for draping over a retaining wall. Evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8” centers.


Thymus 'Spicy Orange'
Common Name: Thyme

This unique thyme has a feathery look and very strong fragrance when crushed. Light green needle-like foliage creeps along to form a nice carpet covered with 1" soft pink flower spikes in June and July. Evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Thymus serpyllum 'Albus'
Common Name: White Creeping Thyme

Low growing, aromatic plants have white blooms in summer. Evergreen. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin'
Common Name: Thyme

This miniature thyme forms a tight, solid mat of gray/green foliage. Gorgeous when it blooms with light pink flowers in summer. Creates a versatile groundcover that will cover dry slopes, fill in between stepping stones or creep over rocks. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Evergreen. Heavy foot traffic. Space on 6" centers.


Thymus serpyllum 'Magic Carpet'
Common Name: Creeping Thyme

This creeping thyme keeps a tight grip on the ground to make an nice small lawn substitute or groundcover. Deep green foliage has a nice fresh scent of lemon when stepped on. Covered with carmine pink flowers in spring. Evergreen. Attractive to butterflies. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 6” centers.


Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'
Common Name: Creeping Thyme

Soft, hairy, gray-green leaves showcase pretty salmon-pink flowers in summer. Perfect in between pavers, along a garden path or covering a dry slope. Use in entryways or patios to enjoy fragrance. Evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8” centers.


Trifolium repens 'Atropurpureum'
Common Name: Black-Leaved Clover

Four leaf clover foliage with green leaflets that have deep purple maroon centers. Small white clover-like flowers in summer. A stem-rooting groundcover, it can be very invasive. May be evergreen in southern parts of range. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Veronica pedunculata 'Waterperry Blue'
Common Name: Speedwell

Sky blue to lavender flowers top shiny green creeping foliage. Non-spiking variety. Foliage takes on a burgundy tint in winter. Evergreen. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Moderate foot traffic. Plant on 12" centers.


Veronica repens
Common Name: Creeping Speedwell

This tough creeper forms a solid mat of tiny, glossy green, rounded leaves. Pale blue-white flowers entirely cover the plant in mid spring. Use between pavers or in a woodland setting. Excellent understory planting for rhododendrons and azaleas. Attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds. Deer resistant. Evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Veronica repens 'Sunshine'
Common Name: Golden Creeping Speedwell

Brilliant gold leaves make an attractive spreading groundcover. Pearl blue flowers give a cool feel to their surroundings. Works well between pavers or in a woodland setting. Excellent understory planting for rhododendrons and azaleas. Evergreen. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Viola koreana 'Stylettas'
Common Name: Cyclamen Violet

Green and silver foliage on rounded leaves that resemble cyclamen. Excellent border plant for shady areas and a perfect match for late blooming rhododendrons and azaleas. Pink to light purple flowers in late spring. Self sows readily. Deciduous. Light foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.


Viola labradorica
Common Name: Labrador Violet

Bronze-purple foliage and violet-purple flowers. Will tolerate some sun. Self sows freely and sends out runners to create a substantial groundcover. Deer resistant. Native. Semi-evergreen to evergreen. Attractive to butterflies. Moderate foot traffic. Space on 8" centers.