Miniature Plant Power With Stepables


These are tough little plants that fit a variety of circumstances. Just take a look at what these Stepables look like in a birdbath with decorative glass and a vole. The vole never looked so classy.  I’m assuming it’s a vole. The picture below was taken from the Stepables site where you can find several dozen more ideas for these plants.

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They come in every shape and color. There are varieties for dry and wet areas. I purchased some Scotch moss. I may go back and purchase some sedum as well. These plants were bred to be hardy. They are quite popular in garden path areas where they are placed amongst the stepping stones. The path below is planted with Irish moss.




The back of the tag is chock full of information. If you want to be armed with information before you head to the garden center to purchase one of these, stop by their site. Every fact is right at the click of the mouse. Is it drought tolerant? What kind of sun requirements? How much traffic can it take? What size? Ideas about where to use it—etc! It’s all at the site, Stepables.

Normally we would be pulling clover out of the garden but this would be quite welcome. I grew the variety below and it did get a bit invasive. If you don’t want that to happen, use it in a container or rock garden.



Most all have been bred to be dwarf varieties.


I want this one! Stop by your local garden center and check them out.

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Sue says:

    What type of stepping stones are in the third photo? I have a gently sloping path from one part of my yard to another and it becomes muddy, grass won’t grow, etc. I’d like to do what you’ve done, but since I don’t have much grass, perhaps anchor the stepping stones in pea gravel? Thanks!
    Sue, I used some Tennessee thin stones once that looked like that. They were flat and easy to use. The gravel will work but you will need to weigh and anchor the stones in with additional concrete or they will move on you. Dig out a place for the stones and set them concrete–wet your stones before placing them in the concrete. It will look very pretty.


  2. Catherine says:

    I love the steppables. They carry them at a nursery here, and I always like the displays they come up with. That path is beautiful!
    I wonder how long it took to grow that path? I only have one spot where it would work but it would be an attractive focal point.


  3. Jen says:

    We have a different version of them available here. But I do love them.

    That pathway with the stepping stones, and all the scotch moss, I dream of spaces like that.

    Dreaming drains my pocketbook. I didn’t know there was another kind.


  4. I’ve never tried them, but if I can find any of the clovers/oxalis like you’ve shown, I’ll surely give them a try! I’m designing future paths, so that might be something worth looking into. I’ll visit their website too, thanks for the info.
    Their website is very cool. I’ve never seen so many ways to use these little ground covers. They have some animal shapes that are whimsical and would look good in a greenhouse or garden room. People forget to do shapes.


  5. Jen says:

    With the current movement to reduce the size of our lawns and the amount of maintenance we have to do, I would think these would be very popular! I love the creative ways people have arranged them, too. A neighbor of mine has converted her lawn to clover. It’s so nice to step on and doesn’t have to be mowed.
    I have a lot of clover in my lawn but unfortunately it’s not these beauties. Oh well….it’s green right……All these Stepables are fun to work with as you discover new ways to use them. They look elegant too.


  6. Kathleen says:

    I’ve bought some of these stepables before Anna and agree they are fantastic. They spread about quite a bit too. I’d prefer to have more between my flagstone pavers instead of all the rock but it would be a lot of work to remove the stone. Looks like you adding some nice shrubs/trees in your previous post. We are all headed into the busy season, aren’t we?
    Oh my yes, I am so busy. It’s a good busy though. I enjoy it. I know that I’ll want to see lots of blooms come summer and the only way to make that happen is get out now and work.


  7. Marnie says:

    I’m extending a flagstone path and have been considering some of these. That first photo is just beautiful. I love the moss but my area is sunny. When my local green houses finally get some plants I’ll be sure to look at these.
    There are so many of them that I bet you’ll find one you like and will work for the area. Every garden needs a stone path somewhere. And just like you–once we have one–it will be extended at some point in time.


  8. Cinj says:

    We are thinking about converting our back yard into something like that. Cheesehead had thought about mulched paths, but I think I like these better. I wonder if I planted the clover if the bunnies would leave my other plants alone…. I’d probably just end up attracting more bunnies though.
    They haven’t eaten my moss or thyme. I think a rock path looks good anywhere. It makes it warm and inviting.


  9. Phillip says:

    I see these in the nursery every year but I’ve never bought any. Maybe I will this year!
    I like the wooly time too. They are way too cool.


  10. Cathy says:

    They’re all so pretty especially the clovers, the pink one is it a sea thrift? it kind of looks like it. Very nice post on the stepables I would love to do that but not when you have 2 large dogs they make their own pathway… he he
    The pink is Armeria and some call it thrift. There is a lighter pink too. Nothing much survives dogs that is for sure. I planted a little patch of the clover and soon had a lot.


  11. Darla says:

    Well if you don’t share the coolest ideas………I’ll be dipped in peanut butter!
    Now if I could only sing!


  12. Joy says:

    Anna .. thank you for a great post ( I needed a picture to explain to the landscaper what type of path I wanted to encircle both gardens .. I just couldn’t seem to find the exact one I had in my head .. then I saw this and IT IS THE ONE !! I intend to use stepables between stones etc .. a perfect post for me to see today after looking at the snow this morning : ) Thanks again !
    I want this eventually too. I’ll just add it to the long list. Is yours going to be in the back or down the side of your house. It will look grand.


  13. janet says:

    Great post Anna, I like using Stepables. Their tags are helpful with the info on foot traffic. I have the Glechoma hederacea “Variegated Ground Ivy” in a pot as it can spread more than what you want it to. It is the under planting of some Gaura. The Gaura foliage is red/green and then the Glechoma with the pale green and white makes a nice contrast.
    I can just see it and what a grand combination. I too use Gaura in my containers. It creates a magical look to the pot. It’s one of my most ask for combinations. People like to use it around their pools.


  14. I love the Armeria at the bottom. I believe it’s also called spanish grass. That said, I’d never step on it but then I’m the kind of person who doesn’t like to make footmarks in the gravel drive!

    Clover is a great addition/alternative to the lawn.

    You are so funny. You can make footprints in gravel? Perfectionist! How do you live with your flaws? Just teasing you. I didn’t step on my clover so I guess I’m guilty too of not wanting to make a blemish on the beauty.


  15. Phillip (UK) says:

    Terrific Anna, and I am much struck by those great fun plant labels. I love that path.
    They are fun and the kids love them. If I had grandkids and was lucky like you, I’d do a mini scale garden for them with these little beauties. I was amused when I visited the site. So many ideas and fun ways to use them.


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