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Stepables® grown by Parks Brothers Farm, Inc.

Parks Brothers Farm Inc. is the authorized grower of STEPABLES® in our southern region. Stepables is a brand owned by Fran White and Under A Foot Plant Co. Fran is well known as the Stepables Lady. Be sure to check out her STEPABLES® website for a lot more information on STEPABLES® and how they can be used.

Stepables are perennial groundcovers that can be used in several different ways. Mainly Stepables are used on and along paths and are selected based on how much foot traffic they can withstand. Depending on the variety of Stepable, they will withstand light to heavy traffic. Some varieties can be used as lawn substitutes. Some of them are also used in fairy gardens. Lastly, they can also be used like a mulch as perennial landscape groundcover.

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Before scrolling on down to see the varieties we grow below, please note that there is a big difference between the Pacific Northwest where the Stepables brand originates and the Southern region where we are located. Notes below are based on our experience with Stepables and may vary or contradict what is on the STEPABLES® website.

We grow Stepables in a #4(1801) pot/flat container.

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Brass Buttons (Leptinella)

Miniature Brass Buttons (Leptinella gruveri)

Miniature Brass Buttons has the tiniest serrated leaves and sends out runners above ground and under, to form a rugged, thick carpet of green on the ground. This plant is so dense that it can withstand car traffic 1-2 times a day-with gravel base.

Miniature Brass Buttons need shade and evenly monist soil to perform it’s best. It grows flat on the ground and is less than 1″ tall. It is a slow grower only spreading 2-4″ a year.

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Platt’s Black Brass Buttons (Leptinella Platt’s Black)

Black Brass Buttons is a very popular Leptinella. It has beautiful bronze-black, fern-like foliage that creep along on top to form a soft, fuzzy mat. Platt’s Black can be used as a mulch substitute and for paths and crevasse with moderate traffic.

Platt’s Black Brass Buttons grows best in full shade with moist soils. It will struggle in hot weather if it gets too dry. Grows 1-2″ tall and will spread 6-10″ a year.

Clover

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Bronzed Dutch Clover (Trifolium repens Atropurpureum)

Bronze Dutch Clover has deeply divided, reddish-bronze leaves edged in green. It blooms in summer with white pom-pom shaped flowers. It does well draped over retaining walls and can be used as a border around a water feature or pond. Bronze Dutch can handle moderate traffic, but it is better suited as a mulch substitute.

Bronze Dutch Clover is a STEPABLES Tough Ten. STEPABLES Tough Ten Plants were ranked by our National Grower Network as their ten most robust “Go-To” plants for their dependable growth and durability. These Tough Ten STEPABLE Plants use less water, control weeds and cover landscapes with ease. For Gardeners who want low maintenance, high performance plants to beautify their landscape, our Tough Ten Plant list will make it a snap!

Bronze Dutch Clover does well in the heat and grows well in part shade to part sun. Bronze Dutch needs adequate sunlight and will stretch in too much shade. Also it will gain more red coloring with more sunlight. It grows 3-5″ tall and will spread out to 10-12″ a year.

Isotoma (Star Creeper)

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Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatillis)

Blue Star Creeper grows as a small mound of light green to medium green foliage that gets covered by pale blue flowers. The small mound will spread out via runners and can form an impressive mat of foliage and flowers. Blue Star Creeper does well as a lawn substitute and can also be planted between stepping stones, under roses, around ponds, patios and decks. Isotoma fluviatilis is a popular choice for fairy garden containers, topiaries and as a companion to flower bulbs.

Blue Star Creeper is a STEPABLES Tough Ten. STEPABLES Tough Ten Plants were ranked by our National Grower Network as their ten most robust “Go-To” plants for their dependable growth and durability. These Tough Ten STEPABLE Plants use less water, control weeds and cover landscapes with ease. For Gardeners who want low maintenance, high performance plants to beautify their landscape, our Tough Ten Plant list will make it a snap!

Blue Star Creeper is easy to grow. It does well in almost all Stepables applications except it is not drought tolerant. Blue Star Creeper needs to be planted in part sun to shade in our region. Keep it evenly moist but do not keep it soaking yet. Too much water is just as bad as not enough water. Blue Star Creeper grows 2-4″ tall and spreads 10-12″ a year.

Mazus

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Purple Mazus (Mazus reptans)

Mazus reptans is a tough and durable Stepable. It can be used as a lawn substitute and around pavers and stone pathways with moderate traffic. Mazus is heat and drought tolerant. Purple Mazus is a fast growing ground cover that has bright green leaves. It blooms with an abundance of small unique purple flowers from spring to fall.

Purple Mazus is a STEPABLES Tough Ten. STEPABLES Tough Ten Plants were ranked by our National Grower Network as their ten most robust “Go-To” plants for their dependable growth and durability. These Tough Ten STEPABLE Plants use less water, control weeds and cover landscapes with ease. For Gardeners who want low maintenance, high performance plants to beautify their landscape, our Tough Ten Plant list will make it a snap!

Plant Mazus in part shade to full sun. It grows 1-3″ tall and spreads out 10-14″ a year.

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Alba Mazus (Mazus reptans Alba)

Mazus reptans is a tough and durable Stepable. It can be used as a lawn substitute and around pavers and stone pathways with moderate traffic. Mazus is heat and drought tolerant.

Alba Mazus is a fast growing ground cover that has bright green leaves. It blooms with an abundance of small unique white flowers from spring to fall.

Mazus can bel planted in part shade to full sun. It grows 1-3″ tall and spreads out 10-14″ a year.

Moss (Sagina)

Moss can be used in planters and as a groundcover around rocks. It is also used in fairy gardens and topiaries. In the South, it does best in a full shade area with adequate irrigation and good air flow. Mosses do not like high heat and high humidity.

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Irish Moss (Sagina subulata)

Irish Moss is a very popular Stepable. It grows to form a dense carpet of medium green stems and foliage. It does bloom with small, star-shaped blooms, but Irish Moss is most used for it’s foliage.

Plant Moss in full shade to part shade in evenly moist soils. It grows 1-3″ tall and spreads 10-12″ a year.

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Scotch Moss (Sagina subulata Aurea)

Scotch Moss has chartreus foliage that forms a carpet of foliage. It also has small, star-shaped flowers in the spring.

Plant Moss in full shade to part shade in evenly moist soils. It grows 1-3″ tall and spreads 10-12″ a year.

Pennywort

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Variegated Pennywort (Hydrocotyle sibthorpioides)

Variegated Pennywort has attractive light green foliage with creamy white to pale yellow variegations. It spreads quickly to for a bright mat of variegated foliage. It’s blooms are small and inconsequential.

Variegated Pennywort works as mulch replacement, lawn substitute, rock walls, containers and most other Stepables applications. It is not drought tolerant and needs regular watering. Additionally it can be planted in areas that stay wetter and don’t dry out much. It can also struggle in high temperatures.

Plant in full shade to part sun. It grows 3-4″ tall and spreads 6-12″ a year.

Pratia (Star Creeper)

Pratia does well planted around pavers in a pathway with medium to heavy traffic. Other uses include rock walls, containers and mulch replacement. It can perform well in the hot summers of the South with some care. While it can tolerate drying out some, Pratia does better in evenly moist soil and regular waterings especially in hot weather. It does not do well in full shade and needs at least some partial sunlight.

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Pratia County Park (Pratia pedunculata County Park)

County Park Pratia, also called County Parks Star Creeper or Dark Blue Star Creeper, is groundcover with dark green creeping foliage. It blooms with very pretty, dark violet-blue flowers. The runners grow together into a dense weave of foliage.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 0.25-1.5″ tall and spreads 10-20″ a year.

little star creeper Pratia pendunculata
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Pratia Little Star Creeper (Pratia pedunculata)

Little Star Creeper Pratia has small, dark green leaves on low growing runners. It blooms with small blue flowers. It’s flowers are more blue than the violet-blue blooms of County Park and a darker blue than Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatillis)

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 0.25-1.5″ tall and spreads 10-20″ a year.

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Pratia Super Star Creeper (Pratia pendunculata Alba)

Super Star Creeper Pratia is a super star performer. It has a dense mat of dark green foliage topped with an abundance of white star-shaped flowers from spring to fall. Super Star Creeper is the most floriferous of the Stepables Pratias. Due to the dense foliage and flowering, it is a good option for lawn replacement.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 0.25-1.5″ tall and spreads 10-20″ a year.

white star creeper Pratia angulata Stepable
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Pratia White Star Creeper (Pratia angulata)

White Star Creeper Pratia has larger leaves and larger, white blooms than Super Star Creeper. It forms a dense mat of foliage similar to the other Star Creepers. Super Star Pratia is more drought tolerant than other Pratia which makes it a better option for lawn replacement.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-2″” tall and spreads 10-20″ a year.

Sedum (Stonecrop)

Sedums are drought tolerant and will thrive in high heat and high humidity. They need good drainage to do well and over watering will impair growth. Sedums do well in rock gardens, rock walls, along garden paths with moderate traffic. In addition to that they can be used as accents, borders, lawn substitutes, and in crevices and shady spots.

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Sedum Baby Tears (Sedum album chloraticum )

Baby Tears Sedum has a dense habit of teardrop-shaped, green foliage. In the fall the foliage turns red in cooler weather. It blooms in the summer with delicate white flowers.

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 1-4″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

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Sedum Blue Carpet Purple Form (Sedum hispanicum minus Purple Form)

Purple Form Blue Carpet Sedum grows in a tight clump of blue-grey foliage that changes to more blue with age. In the fall, it turns to attractive shades of purple. It blooms in the summer with small, star-shaped pink flowers.

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 1-4″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

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Sedum Blue Spruce (Sedum reflexum Blue Spruce)

Blue Spruce Sedum has blue leaves that mimic the needles of the Blue Spruce tree which is where it gets the name.  Clusters of yellow blooms sprout up above the foliage in early summer. 

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 4-6″ tall and spreads 8-12″ a year.

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Sedum Coral Carpet (Sedum Album Coral Carpet)

Coral Carpet Sedum has bright green new growth foliage in the spring that transitions to reddish-orange in color as the temperatures warm up in late spring and early summer. It transitions again to bright red when the temps really heat up. Then as summer turns to fall and the temperatures cool down, the foliage changes to a dark merlot. Coral Carpet blooms in the summer with small white flowers.

Plant in part shade to full sun. Grows 4-6″ tall and spreads 8-12″ a year.

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Sedum Dragon’s Blood (Sedum spurium Dragons Blood)

Sedum Dragon’s Blood has clusters of dark red star-shaped flowers that rise out of bronzy-green foliage on this colorful, succulent Stepables groundcover. It’s foliage turns more red with more sun and hotter temperatures. Avoid planting in shady areas. Dragon’s Blood Sedum needs a lot of sunlight to look its best.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 4-6″ tall and spreads 8-12″ a year.

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Sedum Goldmoss (Sedum acre)

Goldmoss Sedum has dark green foliage that gets covered in bright yellow blooms in the summer. During the fall, it’s foliage turns to attractive shades of red.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-4″ tall and spreads 8-12″ a year.

john creech sedum
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Sedum John Creech (Sedum spurium John Creech)

Sedum John Creech is an excellent creeping sedum that forms a tight mat as it spreads. It spreads via stems rooting where the leaf node touch the soil. Bright green foliage turns burgundy in the fall. John Creech Sedum grows much closer together than other Sedum spurium forming a more dense layer of foliage. In the summer, it blooms with pinkish purple star-shaped blooms.

John Creech Sedum is a STEPABLES Tough Ten. STEPABLES Tough Ten Plants were ranked by our National Grower Network as their ten most robust “Go-To” plants for their dependable growth and durability. These Tough Ten STEPABLE Plants use less water, control weeds and cover landscapes with ease. For Gardeners who want low maintenance, high performance plants to beautify their landscape, our Tough Ten Plant list will make it a snap!

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-4″ tall and spreads 8-12″ a year.

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Sedum Mossy (Sedum lydium)

Mossy Sedum has bright green foliage that turns red when stressed in drought or cold temperatures. It blooms with clumps of white blooms that have hints of pink.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-4″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

Thyme

Thyme is a popular herb and groundcover. It is very low growing and very eye-catching when blooming. . It can be used as an accent, border, in crevasses or as a lawn substitute as long as the soil where planted has good drainage. Thyme is drought tolerant and does not like to stay constantly wet. Overwatering can delay growth. It does better with a lot of sunlight. Avoid planting in areas that are mostly shady.

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Thyme Archer’s Gold (Thymus citriodorus Archers Gold)

Archer’s Gold Thyme has greenish-gold foliage. It’s foliage also has a nice citrus aroma when stepped on or crushed. It can tolerate moderate foot traffic. Archer’s Gold blooms in late summer with lavender-pink flower.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 4-6″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

doone valley thyme thymus doerfleri
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Thyme Doone Valley (Thymus doerfleri Doone Valley)

Doone Valley Thyme has green leaves with gold variegations. It’s variegation depends on the amount of light it receives. In colder temperatures, it’s foliage turns red. In summer, it flowers with small purple-pink colored blooms. Doone Valley also has a nice, lemony scent when it’s foliage is crushed or handled.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-4″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

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Thyme Highland Cream (Thymus praecox Highland Cream)

HIghland Cream Thyme has unique, variegated foliage. It’s leaves are bright green with creamy-gold edges. It’s blooms range from pink to a soft, pale pink or even nearly white. Bloom time is late spring.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-2″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

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Thyme Magic Carpet (Thymus serpyllum Magic Carpet)

Magic Carpet Thyme has green foliage that is slightly hairy. The foliage has a nice citrus scent. It’s leaves are more pointed than other thyme. It blooms in late spring with pink flowers. Magic Carpet does not get very tall and grows into a dense, magical carpet of thyme.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-2″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

elfin miniature thyme thymus serpyllum
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Thyme Elfin Miniature (Thymus serpyllum Elfin)

Miniature Elfin Thyme is less vigorous with a smaller habit than a lot of other thyme. It’s a tough thyme that is very popular. It forms a very tight mat of grey-green foliage that only grows an eight to a quart inch tall. When it blooms in the summer, Elfin Thyme is covered in pink flowers.

Elfin Thyme is a STEPABLES Tough Ten. STEPABLES Tough Ten Plants were ranked by our National Grower Network as their ten most robust “Go-To” plants for their dependable growth and durability. These Tough Ten STEPABLE Plants use less water, control weeds and cover landscapes with ease. For Gardeners who want low maintenance, high performance plants to beautify their landscape, our Tough Ten Plant list will make it a snap!

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows less than 1″ tall and spreads 2-4″ a year.

pink chintz thyme Thymus praecox
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Thyme Pink Chintz (Thymus praecox Pink Chintz)

Pink Chintz Thyme blooms in summer with a ton of salmon-pink blooms. It’s foliage is a medium green and scented. Pink Chintz has good vigor and is a popular thyme variety.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-4″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

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Thyme Red Creeping (Thymus praecox Coccineus)

Red Creeping Thyme is the most popular of all the groundcover type Thymes. While not really a red color, it’s bright, reddish-pink blooms are what makes Red Creeping Thyme so popular. The blooms begin darker then fade to a light pink through the summer. It’s foliage is deep green that changes to bronze in cooler weather in the fall. Red Creeping Thyme is also a very versatile groundcover that only adds to it’s popularity.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-2″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

white creeping thyme thymus praecox albiflorus
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Thyme White Creeping (Thymus praecox Albiflorus)

White Creeping Thyme blooms with small, white flowers over scented foliage. It’s leaves and stems are a lighter green color than Red Creeping and Pink Chintz Thyme. White Creeping Thyme blooms in late spring or early summer. It is very versatile and will grow in a wide range of environments except for areas that stay too wet.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-2″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

wooly thyme Thymus praecox Pseudolanuginosus
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Thyme Wooly (Thymus praecox Pseudolanuginosus)

Wooly Thyme has grey-green foliage that is covered with small fuzzy hairs making it appear wooly. It blooms in late spring and early summer with pink flowers. Wooly Thyme is an older variety that has remained popular due too it’s toughness, versatility and flower power.

Wooly Thyme is a STEPABLES Tough Ten. STEPABLES Tough Ten Plants were ranked by our National Grower Network as their ten most robust “Go-To” plants for their dependable growth and durability. These Tough Ten STEPABLE Plants use less water, control weeds and cover landscapes with ease. For Gardeners who want low maintenance, high performance plants to beautify their landscape, our Tough Ten Plant list will make it a snap!

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-2″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

Veronica (Speedwell)

Veronica is versatile and can be used as an accent, in borders and crevasses, along paths and as a lawn replacement. Where ever it is planted, it needs good drainage to do well. It does not like to be kept constantly wet. Over watering is not good for it.

stepables groundcover veronica penduncularis georgia blue
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Veronica Georgia Blue (Veronica penduncularis Georgia Blue)

Georgia Blue Veronica has green, serrated leaves on reddish-brown stems. It has blue, saucer shaped flowers and blooms in the spring. It foliage darkens to darker green as it ages then to bronze in the fall. Georgia Blue has more blooms per plant than the other Veronica. Established plants that have been over wintered can, in the right conditions, bloom with it’s bright blue flowers on bronze foliage.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows 1-4″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

veronica speedwell new century stepables groundcover
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Veronica New Century (Veronica x. New Century)

New Century Veronica is a cross between Veronica liwanensis and Veronica pectinata. It grows into a low-growing mat of green mounds. New Century blooms in the spring. The flowers look like small, blue saucers. In optimum conditions, it can look like a sea of blue when in full bloom.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows less than 1″ tall and spreads 2-4″ a year.

veronica speedwell turkish liwanensis stepables groundcover
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Veronica Turkish (Veronica liwanensis)

Turkish Veronica had dark green leaves and cobalt blue flowers that bloom in the summer. It is tough and can be used in paths with moderate foot traffic.

Plant in part sun to full sun. Grows less than 1″ tall and spreads 2-4″ a year.

Wire Vine

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Creeping Wire Vine (Muehlenbeckia axillaris Nana)

Creeping Wire Vine has small, dark, glossy green leaves that turn bronze as summer progresses. Foliage turns more bronze with heat or cold. It tolerates drought, wind and poor soil. Muehlenbeckia will adapt to most garden settings and is very low maintenance.

Creeping Wire Vine is a great choice to plant in a dry path. It can handle heavy traffic. Wire vine doesn’t like to be kept constantly wet and does best with good drainage. Grows 1-3″ tall and spreads 6-10″ a year.

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