Groundcover Sweet Woodruff. Shady moist location. Zones 4-8. Sweet woodruff spreads by runners. It does not need to be fertilized and should only be watered in times of drought.
a dry stream as both edging & drainage solution"..........Jen!!! This is it for left side of below deck...omg
Sheet Moss (Hypnum) is easy to cultivate and stands up to foot traffic. It forms a low dense mat, making it a favored lawn alternative; $24.95 for five pounds (covers 5 square feet) at TN Native Tree & Plant Nursery.
Pachysandra terminalis, evergreen ground cover for complete shade, in woodland garden, or side of fruit garden.
Blue Star Creeper is a fast growing sun to part shade ground cover-- I should have thought of this instead of Irish moss for the shady side.
English ivy is a good ground cover underneath trees. English ivy grows best in shade; and some types of grass will not grow under the shade of a tree. If the ivy grows up the trunk of the tree, shear it back.