How a given groundcover holds up underfoot is a key consideration when choosing which ones to plant. However, even the toughest grass will be worn down by too much foot (or paw) traffic. For the areas where you want to be able to walk or play with kids or pets, consider one of our Sustainable Lawns.
Before planting, study where the natural paths are, and what spaces have the most traffic. I always recommend putting down stepping stones, flagstone, slate pieces, or crushed stone to provide a hard, highly durable surface for the paths and walkways in your yard. Then, plan to use the most traffic-tolerant groundcovers to surround the stepping stones.
Remember, not every area of your yard needs groundcovers that tolerate being walked on. In other areas with less activity, where the ability to tolerate footsteps is much less important, you can use other groundcovers and perennials.
Read on to find our ratings for the most and least durable groundcover plants.