Stepables – Back Yard Cover

Q: We have a heavily shaded back yard and are looking what to try next. I’d like your thoughts on Stepables.

A: Stepables ™ is a collection of many different species of plants that are typically low-growing and spreading. You could look through the online collection ( and try a couple that are recommended for dense shade but don’t expect miracles. In my experience, these plants are best for lining a path or bordering stepping stones rather than as a lawn substitute. Also consider mondo grass as a lawn-like plant. It won’t tolerate much foot traffic but it grows in dense shade.

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