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Everything you ever wanted to know about STEPABLES 

Q: Which STEPABLES plant is the best for lawn replacement or lawn alternative in full sun?

A: Any of the Thymes work great, but Isotoma fluviatilis Blue Star Creeper is my favorite for milder climates with not too hot afternoon sun.  

Pratias and Mazus are also great choices and and of the Sedum or sun veronicas.

Q: Which STEPABLES plant is the best for lawn alternative or lawn replacement in part shade?
A: I like the any of the Leptinellas Brass Buttons! They feel so nice on the bottom of your feet!

Isotoma fluviatilis-Blue Star Creeper will also work in part shade as long as it gets enough light. 

Veronica repens-Creeping Speedwell and Veronica repens Sunshine will also do the trick.

Q:  Which STEPABLES groundcover is the fastest growing?

A: We have a lot of them! Lysimachia nummularia Golden Creeping Jenny 

Isotoma fluviatilis  Blue Star Creeper are the top two.

Mazus is also another group that will grow at a fast clip.

Q:  Which STEPABLES plants are drought tolerant and will take hot afternoon sun?

A: To name a few: Anacyclus Silver Kisses, Antennaria, Arabis, Cerastium, Dianthus, Erigeron, Erinus, Erysimum, Euonymus,Gypsophila, Lotus, Lindernia, Muehlenbeckia, Potentilla, Sedum, Silene, Thyme sun Veronicas, Achillea, Persicaria  

Q. Which STEPABLES plants are evergreen groundcovers?

A: That is very dependent on Mother Nature. Most of our plants are minimally semi-evergreeen, tightening up as winter cold arrives. If the winter is easy going, you will see more foliage. If harsh, you will see less. Thymes, Sedums and Veronicas are the most reliable.  

Look here to find which STEPABLES are ever green for your yard.

Q. Are STEPABLES groundcovers a good lawn alternative-lawn replacement to planting grass and using lawn mowers?

A: Absolutely! STEPABLES help reduce your carbon footprint by taking the place of grass so you can throw away your gas guzzling, carbon dioxide emitting, ozone eating lawn mower!
Q:  Which STEPABLES are eco-friendly groundcovers?  

A: All of them!

By planting STEPABLES around your shrubs you will use less bark (saves trees), less water (saves water) and less chemicals (you won't need as much fertilizer or herbicides to manage your landscape). In addition, You will not need a gas guzzling-air polluting lawn mower, which will help our air quality. All of these benefits from planting STEPABLES will keep your landscape on a happy and healthy path!

Q:  Which STEPABLES plants are your favorite-go to plants?

A: My favorite is Sedum album Coral Carpet because it changes colors throughout the year.

Sedum John Creech is my favorite for people who have terrible luck with plants.

Mentha requienii because is smells so amazing when you walk on it!

Fragaria Lipstick because is has tasty strawberries and flowers a ton!

Armeria Victor Reiter because it blooms little pink powder puffs!

Q:  Which STEPABLES ground covers are best for rock gardens?

A: Armeria maritima Victor Reiter is super cool around rocks! Arabis Old Gold has dynamite color. Sedum kamatchiaticum Variegata is stunning all year long and well as Sedum Coral Capet and White DiamondSedum Purple Form/Blue Carpet has the best color of any STEPABLES plant we grow and is most happy in a rock garden. Veronica New CenturyVeronica Georgia Blue are terrific too!

Q:  Which STEPABLE is best for containers?

A: Look for the fast growing STEPABLES plants to spill over containers with gold, gray or deep green foliage. 


Q:  What STEPABLE plant would be perfect for small interlocking pavers for a walkway?

  A: Use the smallest of STEPABLES plants so they will not over run the pavers.

Elfin Thyme, Creeping Wire Vine, Sedum requienii, leptinella gruveri, Corsican Mint, Sedum humifusum

Q:  What STEPABLES perennial is best around a drain spout?

A: I like to use Lysimachia nummulatia Golden Creeping Jenny or Eleocharis radicans Miniature Rush, Variegated Pennywort


Q:  Which is the best thyme lawn alternative?

A: My favorite is Thymus Elfin Thyme, but Red, Wooly or White is nice too!  




Q:  Can I make pathway gardens with my STEPABLES?

A: Yes! You can mix and match many STEPABLES groundcovers to make a pretty pathway garden.



Q:  Are STEPABLES ground covers bird friendly?

A: Yes! As a matter of fact, by planting STEPABLES in your yard, the make the perfect carpeting for wildlife refuge area, bird sanctuary, or butterfly garden.

Fragaria Lipstick is a great food source for wildlife!

Q How far apart do I need to space my stones on my walkway when I plant Sagina subulata Irish Moss?

A: Sagina subulata Irish Moss will grow very fast and will re-seed. Stone spacing can be 1 inch apart up to 6 inches. Since this little guy re-seeds, you will have lots of little "freebies" to move and transplant in other various places.

Q:  What is the slowest STEPABLES ground cover to use as a pathway plant?

A: Thymus Elfin thyme, Muehlenbeckia axillaris Creeping Wire Vine, Mazus radicans and Sedum requienii, Sedum humifusum


Q:  Which STEPABLE has the longest flowering cycle ground cover?

A: Isotoma fluviatilis Blue Star Creeper by far followed by Pratia Super Star



Q:  What STEPABLES perennial is best in a fairy garden?

A: Many of our plants will work great for fairy gardens! I would look at the smallest of foliage plants to use in these little gardens...AND SLOW growth rates!!! Your little fairy garden will be over-run in two weeks if you do not select a slow growth plant!
Q:  Can STEPABLES be used in a terrarium?

A: Yes! Most of our plants can handle terrarium conditions! Pick ones with tighter foliage so they will not overgrow their boundaries too fast.
Q:  I would like a moss garden, which STEPABLES groundcover can I use?

A: Irish Moss, Scotch Moss, Silene acaulis, Scleranthus biflorus are best. Sedum acre and Sedum acre Aureum are succulents that look like moss, along with Sedum humifusum.
Q:  What is the difference between them and STEPABLES? I have seen other brands like Jeepers Creepers, Nooks and Crannies.and Treadwells in the stores. 

A: Under A Foot Plant Company was the originator of the concept of marketing plants that you can walk on called STEPABLES 15 years ago. Other companies have copied our program and have many plants in their lines that are not foot friendly. 

Q:  Will I break my STEPABLES perennials if I walk on them?

A: No! As a matter of fact, the more you walk on them, the tougher they get!

Remember though to check the foot traffic indicator for just how foot friendly each plant is!

Q:  Are all pathway plants the same?

A: No. Some grow very fast and will over run their boundaries, while some are very slow. Tip: The larger the stone, the more foot traffic the stone will take. The smaller the stone, the more the plant will take the foot traffic. Choose your plant by growth rate and foot traffic to determine the right plant for the right spot.

Q:  Which STEPABLE perennial can be used for miniature railroads?

A: The shortest plants are best. Elfin thyme and Sedum requieni are perfect! Red and White creeping thymes are great too!  


Q. Are STEPABLES groundcovers dangerous to walk on?

A: Heavens no! However, keep in mind that anything on the ground can become slippery and our plants are not skid resistant.  


Q. Which STEPABLES plants won't crowd in on my other plants?

A: Look for a slow to moderate growth rate for your ground covers. This way they will play nicely together.



Q:  How high will Isotoma fluviatilis Blue Star Creeper grow on a pathway garden?

A: Isotoma fluviatilis Blue Star Creeper, along with most pathway plants will continue to spread when given room to roam. When these groundcovers hit a boundary, they bump up and over. Walking on them will keep them flat to the ground. 


Q:  Which STEPABLES is great for draping over a retaining wall?

A: Foliage color is key. The best plant for retaining walls in my opinion is Golden Creeping Jenny. It is amazing in every possible situation. Cymbalaria gives off an old world charm for shady areas and Cerastium is great for showcasing other plants. Wooly Thyme is one of the best for draping over and creating amazing texture.

Q:  What STEPABLES plants can I use in a Butterfly garden?

A: Late spring and summer blooming STEPABLES will be great!  Mix and match or dedicate one color as your carpeting of choice.

Wooly thyme, Sedum John Creech, Sedum Coral Carpet

Q:  Which STEPABLES grouncover can be used around a pool?

A: Keep in mind bees like pools, so a spring blooming groundcover is best.   


Q:  What are the best STEPABLES groundcovers for a moist shade area?

A: Carex, Cymbalaria, Eleocharis , Lysimachia, Hydrocoytle, Mentha, Sagina, Soleirolia, Viola, Acorus, Fragaria, Pratia

Q:  What are the best STEPABLES ground covers for dry shade?

A: Chocolate Chip Ajuga, Leptinella, Cymbalaria, Lysimachia, Sedum Baby Tears, Viola  


Q:  Which STEPABLES are best for bark replacement around taller perennials?

A: Any of our plants will work!

I suspect it really depends on what you are looking for as a bark replacement. You can color coordinate your beds with and of the STEPABLES to create amazing color combinations. 

Blues-Isotoma fluviatilis-Blue Star Creeper is one of the best, along with Pratia penduculata County Park or Veronica pectinata 'Blue', Veronica New Century, Ajuga Chocolate Chip, Viola labradorica, Veronica liwanensis

Yellows- Draba siberica-Carolina Whitlow Grass. Erysimum kotchyanum-Dwarf Yellow Wallflower, Lysimachia nummularia Green or Gold, Lotus corniculatus Pleniflorus, Sedum acre, Sedum acre Aureum, Sedum humifusum

Pinks- Silene acaulis-Moss Campion, Thymus serpyllum ElfinThymus PseudolanuginosusWooly Thyme, Armeria maritima Victor Reiter, Persicaria affinis, Sedum spurium John Creech

Q:  Which STEPABLES ground cover is best for Coastal Areas?

A: Armerias are such a lovely choice! So too are Fragarias, Pratias, Aceanas,  Veronicas, Potentillas, Sedum and Veronica and Violas.