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A stepping stone plant is a groundcover that tolerates foot traffic, though some plants can be stepped or walked on more than others. Light traffic plants can withstand occasional traffic; moderate traffic up to a couple of times a day; and heavy traffic bears foot traffic three or more times a day.

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Soil amendments such as humus or compost are extremely beneficial; nearly all plants grow better in soil that retains moisture, drains well, and is fairly fertile. Pathways tend to be drier and more compacted than the rest of the yard. An added mixture of soil, sand and small gravel improves poor draining compacted soil. While each plant variety has its own planting and watering recommendations, walkway plants will need water frequently for the first 2 to 4 weeks, or until the plants are established.

Some of the most preferred choices include: Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' (Bugleweed), Isotoma fluviatilis (Blue Star Creeper), Lotus Plenus (Double Birds Foot Trefoil), Lysimachia (Creeping Jenny-Moneywort), Mazus reptans, Sagina subulata (Irish Moss and Scotch Moss), Sedum spurium 'John Creech' (Stonecrop), Thymus 'Elfin Thyme', Thymus 'Wooly Thyme', and Trifolium repens Bronze Dutch Clover.

For Heavy Foot Traffic consider:

Full Sun

Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatilis f/k/a Laurentia fluviatilis) Rapid-spreading perennial with blue flowers. Works well around roses, decks, patios, and in rock gardens.
County Park (Pratia pedunculata) Tough, tight, green-leafed creeper with violet blooms. Good for patios and walkways. 
Thyme (Thymus) Evergreen, drought-tolerant; good between flagstones, pathways and stone crevices or on slopes.
Green Carpet or Rupturewort (Herniaria glabra) Indestructible evergreen groundcover with white blooms; turns red in winter. Excellent in walkways.

Trifolium repens Bronze Dutch Clover

Partial/Full Shade

Miniature Brass Buttons (Leptinella gruveri) Indestructible carpet of tiny serrated leaves; white flowers. Can even withstand car traffic. 

Trifolium repens Bronze Dutch Clover

For Light to Medium Foot Traffic consider:

Full Sun

Double Bird's Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus 'Plenus') Versatile, hard-working fast grower with dark green leaves; yellow blooms.
Irish and Scotch Moss (Sagina) Mosslike groundcover that dislikes extremes of wet and dry; white flowers. Flourishes between stones and in rock gardens.
Miniature Daisy (Bellium minutum) Diminutive spreading daisies on wiry stems. Good between paving stones or in border areas.
Pink Pussy Toes (Antennaria dioica 'Rubra') Creeping mat of silver-gray leaves; fuzzy pink blooms. Good for rock gardens and paths.
Stonecrop (Sedum spurium) Compact creeping succulent; deep purple flowers. A favorite for rock gardens.
Mazus reptans Low-growing mat of bright green leaves; white blooms. Ideal for rock gardens and between pavers.

Partial/ Full Shade

Creeping Jenny or Moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia) Vigorous, fast-spreading, low-growing mat of bright, shiny green leaves; yellow flowers.
Creeping Speedwell (Veronica repens) Tough creeper; white flowers. Works well between pavers or in woodland settings.
Brass Buttons (Leptinella squalida) A fern creeper with yellow button flowers; turns bronze in some climates in fall; very soft underfoot. Good around pavers and conifers.
Variegated Pennywort (Hydrocotyle sibthorpiodes) Speedy grower; likes wet conditions; white, green, and yellow flowers. Good around ponds or stepping stones.

Plants with shallow root systems and those that establish new roots at leaf nodes generally perform better in harsher conditions. Click below for more plant information -

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  • Vinca minor 3.5 inch pot

    Vinca minor (3.5 inch pot)

    Vinca minor 'Traditional' a/k/a Periwinkle, lesser periwinkle, dwarf periwinkle, small periwinkle, common periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Zone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones...

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  • Vinca minor 2.5 inch pot

    Vinca minor (2.5 inch pot)

    Vinca minor 'Traditional' a/k/a Periwinkle, lesser periwinkle, dwarf periwinkle, small periwinkle, common periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Zone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones...

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  • Vinca minor bare root plant

    Vinca minor (bare root plant)

    Vinca minora/k/a Periwinkle, Big Leaf Periwinkle, Creeping MyrtleZone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones.Mature size: 4 to 6 inches height; fast spreading, vine-like growth. An...

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  • Trachelospermum asiaticum 3.5 inch pot

    Trachelospermum asiaticum (3.5 inch pot)

    Trachelospermum asiaticum a/k/a Asiatic Jasmine, Asian Jasmine, Dwarf Jasmine, Japanese Star Jasmine, Dwarf Confederate jasmine, small leaf Confederate jasmine Zone: 7 to 10. Sun to Shade. Prefers some shade in zone 10. Mature size: 6 to 24 inches tall;...

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  • Trachelospermum asiaticum 2.5 inch pot

    Trachelospermum asiaticum (2.5 inch pot)

    Trachelospermum asiaticuma/k/a Asiatic Jasmine, Asian Jasmine, Dwarf Jasmine, Japanese Star Jasmine, Dwarf Confederate jasmine, small leaf Confederate jasmineZone: 7 to 10. Sun to Shade. Prefers some shade in zone 10.Mature size: 6 to 24 inches tall;...

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  • Thymus serpyllum Pink Chintz 3.5 inch pot

    Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' (3.5 inch pot)

    Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'a/k/a creeping thyme, mother-of-thyme, wild thyme Zone: 4 to 9. Sun.Mature size: 1 to 3 inches height; 2 feet wide. Creeping, cascading habit. Long-blooming, light pink flowers will be one of the first thymes to flower each...

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  • Thymus serpyllum Elfin 3.5 inch pot

    Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' (3.5 inch pot)

    Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' Thyme Zone 4 to Zone 9, Full Sun to partial sun.2 to 3 inch high; slow and low growing miniature herbaceous perennial. Glossy, green fragrant foliage, grows in a low, tight, dense, creeping, flat mat. Tiny pink-purple flowers...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus Nana 3.25 inch pot

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' (3.25 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' dwarf mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 6 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 2 to 3 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, very fine, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus Nana bare root plant

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' (bare root plant)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' dwarf mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 6 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 2 to 3 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, very fine, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus Nana 2.5 inch pot

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' (2.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' dwarf mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 6 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 2 to 3 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, very fine, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus bare root plant

    Ophiopogon japonicus (bare root plant)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Mondo Grass' a/k/a mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 7 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 6 to 12 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from a...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus 3.5 inch pot

    Ophiopogon japonicus (3.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Mondo Grass' a/k/a mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 7 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 6 to 12 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from a...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus 2.5 inch pot

    Ophiopogon japonicus (2.5 inch pot)

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Mondo Grass' a/k/a mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 7 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 6 to 12 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from a...

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  • Mazus reptans 3.5 inch pot

    Mazus reptans (3.5 inch pot)

    Mazus reptans blue a/k/a Creeping mazus, Blue mazus. Zone: 4 to 8, may need to mulch or protection in zone 4 and 5. Full sun to part shade. Mature size: 3 inch height, quick spreading groundcover. Narrow, bright green leaves form a dense, foliage...

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  • Mazus reptans Alba 3.5 inch pot

    Mazus reptans 'Alba' (3.5 inch pot)

    Mazus reptans 'Albus'a/k/a Creeping mazus, White mazus. Zone: 4 to 8, may need to mulch or protection in zone 4 and 5. Full sun to part shade.Mature size: 3 inch height, quick spreading groundcover. Narrow, bright green leaves form a dense, foliage...

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  • Isotoma Laurentia fluviatilis 3.5 inch pot

    Laurentia fluviatilis (3.5 inch pot)

    Isotoma fluviatilis 'Blue Star Creeper'Common Name: Laurentia, Swamp Isotome. Zone (5) 6 to 10. Full sun, with some afternoon shade in southern zones.1 to 2 inches high groundcover. Small, light blue, star-shaped flowers bloom from late spring to early...

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  • Chrysogonum v Pierre 3.5 inch pot

    Chrysogonum v. 'Pierre' (3.5 inch pot)

    Chrysogonum virginianum 'Pierre' aka Golden Star, Green and goldZone: 5 to 9. Sun to Shade, usually requires moist soil in full sun. Mature size: 3 to 4 inches tall; mat-forming with moderate growth rate. Shiny, deep green foliage; with one-inch,...

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  • Ajuga r Catlins Giant 3.5 inch pot

    Ajuga r 'Catlin's Giant' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant' a/k/a Giant Carpet Bugle, Carpenter's Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Catlin's Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort.Zone (3)4 to 9, Sun or shade.Mature foliage height 5 to 7 inch, maybe 10 inches. Larger than other Ajugas;fast...

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  • Ajuga r Burgundy Glow 3.5 inch pot

    Ajuga r. 'Burgundy Glow' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' a/k/a Carpenters Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort Zone 3 to 9, maybe 3 to 10 Sun or partial shade (morning sun only). Mature foliage height 3 to 4 inch; fast growing groundcover...

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  • Ajuga reptans Bronze Beauty 3.5 inch pot

    Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ajuga reptans 'Bronze Beauty' a/k/a Carpenter's Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle, SicklewortZone 4 to 9, Partial sun (morning only) to full shade.Mature foliage height 3 to 4 inch; low spreading groundcover. Glossy bronze, medium...

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  • Ajuga Chocolate Chip 3.5 inch pot

    Ajuga 'Chocolate Chip' (3.5 inch pot)

    Ajuga "Chocolale Chip" a/k/a Carpenters Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed,Creeping Carpet Bugle, SicklewortZone 4 to 9, maybe 3 to 10,Sun to full shade, at least 3 to 4 hours of sun for best foliage color .Mature foliage height 3 to 4 inch; dwarf habit...

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  • Thymus citriodorus Archers Gold 10ct Flat

    Thymus citriodorus 'Archer's Gold' (10)ct Flat

    Thymus citriodorus 'Archers Gold' (10)ct Flat Brilliant golden-yellow foliage all year long, plus it has a nice aroma when crushed. Excellent for herb garden walkways, or around rose beds. Light lavender and pink blooms in late summer. Lemon-flavored...

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  • Vinca minor Ralph Shugart 10ct Flat

    Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugart' (10)ct Flat

    Vinca minor 'Ralph Shugart' a/k/a Periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Zone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones. Mature size: 6 inches height; fast spreading, vine-like growth. Blue...

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  • Vinca minor 18ct Flat

    Vinca minor (18)ct Flat

    Vinca minor 'Traditional' a/k/a Periwinkle, lesser periwinkle, dwarf periwinkle, small periwinkle, common periwinkle, Creeping Myrtle Zone: 4 to 9. Sun to Shade. Prefers moderate to dense shade in southern zones and tolerates sun in northern zones...

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  • Thymus serpyllum Pink Chintz 18ct Flat

    Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' (18)ct Flat

    Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' a/k/a creeping thyme, mother-of-thyme, wild thyme Zone: 4 to 9. Sun. Mature size: 1 to 3 inches height; 2 feet wide. Creeping, cascading habit. Long-blooming, light pink flowers will be one of the first thymes to flower...

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  • Thymus serpyllum Pink Chintz 10ct Flat

    Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz' (10)ct Flat

    Thymus serpyllum 'Pink Chintz'a/k/a creeping thyme, mother-of-thyme, wild thyme Zone: 4 to 9. Sun.Mature size: 1 to 3 inches height; 2 feet wide. Creeping, cascading habit. Long-blooming, light pink flowers will be one of the first thymes to flower each...

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  • Thymus serpyllum Elfin Thyme 18ct Flat

    Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' Thyme (18)ct Flat

    Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' Thyme Zone 4 to Zone 9, Full Sun to partial sun.2 to 3 inch high; slow and low growing miniature herbaceous perennial. Glossy, green fragrant foliage, grows in a low, tight, dense, creeping, flat mat. Tiny pink-purple flowers...

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  • Thymus serpyllum Elfin Thyme 10ct Flat

    Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' Thyme (10)ct Flat

    Thymus serpyllum 'Elfin' Thyme Zone 4 to Zone 9, Full Sun to partial sun.2 to 3 inch high; slow and low growing miniature herbaceous perennial. Glossy, green fragrant foliage, grows in a low, tight, dense, creeping, flat mat. Tiny pink-purple flowers...

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  • Sagina subulata Aurea 10ct Flat

    Sagina subulata 'Aurea' (10)ct Flat

    Sagina subulata var. glabrata 'Aurea' Common Name: golden pearlwort, Scotch moss Zones 3 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 1 inch tall and 6 to 12 inches wide; very low moss-like ground cover. Growth rate: Moderate. Evergreen groundcover...

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  • Pratia pedunculata County Park 10ct Flat

    Pratia pedunculata 'County Park' (10)ct Flat

    Pratia pedunculata 'County Park' Zones 6 to 9. Full sun to part shade to full shade. Plants reach 1 to 2 inches tall and 6 to 12 inches wide; creeping perennial ground cover. Growth rate: vigorous, spreads via runners just under the soil. Evergreen to...

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  • Pratia angulata 10ct Flat

    Pratia angulata (10)ct Flat

    Pratia angulata Common Name: White Star Creeper, Creeping Pratia, Fragrant Carpet Zones 7 to 9, maybe hardy to zone 5 with winter protection. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 1 to 2 inches tall; creeping stems may spread indefinitely to form a...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus Nana 18ct Flat

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' (18)ct Flat

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Nana' dwarf mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 6 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 2 to 3 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, very fine, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from...

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  • Ophiopogon japonicus Mondo Grass 18ct Flat

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Mondo Grass' (18)ct Flat

    Ophiopogon japonicus 'Mondo Grass' a/k/a mondo grass, dwarf lily turf, snakebeard Zones 7 to 10; Filtered sun or deep shade. Mature size 6 to 12 inches height, forms a dense grass-like groundcover. Dark green, grass-like leaves emerge in clumps from a...

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  • Muehlenbeckia axillaris 10ct Flat

    Muehlenbeckia axillaris (10)ct Flat

    Muehlenbeckia axillaris Common Name: Creeping Wire Vine Zones 6 to 9. Full sun to part shade. Plants reach 2 to 4 inches tall and 24 inches wide; evergreen creeping groundcover. Growth rate: Vigorous. Small rounded leaves with glossy green finish forms...

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  • Mazus reptans blue 18ct Flat

    Mazus reptans blue (18)ct Flat

    Mazus reptans blue a/k/a Creeping mazus, Blue mazus. Zone: 4 to 8, may need to mulch or protection in zone 4 and 5. Full sun to part shade. Mature size: 3 inch height, quick spreading groundcover. Narrow, bright green leaves form a dense, foliage...

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  • Mazus reptans blue 10ct Flat

    Mazus reptans blue (10)ct Flat

    Mazus reptans blue a/k/a Creeping mazus, Blue mazus. Zone: 4 to 8, may need to mulch or protection in zone 4 and 5. Full sun to part shade. Mature size: 3 inch height, quick spreading groundcover. Narrow, bright green leaves form a dense, foliage...

    $81.48
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  • Mazus reptans Alba 10ct Flat

    Mazus reptans 'Alba' (10)ct Flat

    Mazus reptans 'Alba' a/k/a Creeping mazus, White mazus. Zone: 4 to 8, may need to mulch or protection in zone 4 and 5. Full sun to part shade. Mature size: 3 inch height, quick spreading groundcover. Narrow, bright green leaves form a dense, foliage...

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  • Ajuga reptans Catlins Giant 18ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant' (18)ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Catlins Giant' - Flat a/k/a Giant Carpet Bugle, Carpenter's Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Catlin's Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort. Zone (3)4 to 9, Sun or shade. Mature foliage height 5 to 7 inch, maybe 10 inches. Larger than other...

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  • Ajuga reptans Burgundy Glow 10ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' (10)ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Burgundy Glow' a/k/a Carpenters Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort Zone 3 to 9, maybe 3 to 10 Sun or partial shade (morning sun only). Mature foliage height 3 to 4 inch; fast growing groundcover...

    $76.80
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  • Ajuga reptans Black Scallop PP15815 10ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' PP15815 (10)ct Flat

    Ajuga reptans 'Black Scallop' PP15815 Common Name: Carpet Bugleweed. Zone: 4 to 10. Full Sun to Full shade. Height: 3 to 6 inches tall, spread 8 to 10 inches. Moderate growth, evergreen groundcover. Glossy, near-black, scalloped leaves with a dense...

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  • Ajuga Chocolate Chip 18ct Flat

    Ajuga "Chocolate Chip" (18)ct Flat

    Ajuga "Chocolate Chip" a/k/a Carpenters Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort Zone 4 to 9, maybe 3 to 10, Sun to full shade, at least 3 to 4 hours of sun for best foliage color .Mature foliage height 3 to 4 inch; dwarf...

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  • Ajuga Chocolate Chip 10ct Flat

    Ajuga "Chocolate Chip" (10)ct Flat

    Ajuga "Chocolate Chip" a/k/a Carpenters Herb, Comfrey, Creeping Bugleweed, Creeping Carpet Bugle, Sicklewort Zone 4 to 9, maybe 3 to 10, Sun to full shade, at least 3 to 4 hours of sun for best foliage color .Mature foliage height 3 to 4 inch; dwarf...

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  • Thymus praecox Coccineus 25 BR Plants

    Thymus praecox 'Coccineus' (25) BR Plants

    Thymus praecox 'Coccineus' Common Name: Red Creeping Thyme Zones 3 to 8. Full sun. Plants reach 1 to 4 inches tall and 12 to 18 inches wide; fragrant evergreen groundcover. Growth rate: Moderate. 'Coccineus' forms a dense, flat mat of evergreen, dark...

    $166.00
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  • Sedum spurium Fulda Glow 25 BR Plants

    Sedum spurium 'Fulda Glow' (25) BR Plants

    Sedum spurium 'Fulda Glow' Common name: Stonecrop- Two-row; Blaze of Fulda, Fireglow, Fuldaglut. Zones 3 to 9, semi-evergreen. Full sun. Plants reach 4 inches tall and 10 inches wide; low-growing, spreading habit. Growth rate: Moderate, easy to grow...

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