Creeping forms of thyme, sedum and hens-and-chicks are among groundcover plants that do well in full sunlight. Other options are beach wormwood, willowleaf cotoneaster, cheddar pink, creeping phlox and sweetgrass. Creeping thyme handles moderate foot traffic well, and cotoneaster grows well in poor soil and drought conditions. Hens-and-Chicks, requiring little maintenance, works well in tight spaces, while cheddar pink, which flowers in the spring, is most tolerant of heat and humidity.
Alpine speedwell, aubrieta, carpet bugle, lamb's ears and carolina jessamine are groundcovers that like full sun but also grow well in partial shade. Carolina jessamine, an evergreen that flowers yellow in the spring, is useful in controlling erosion on steep banks and, like many groundcovers, does best when trimmed yearly. Carpet bugle spreads quickly and has variegated green and purple evergreen leaves. Lamb's ears, with furry gray leaves, require well-drained soil. Silver Carpet lamb's ears do not flower, and the big ears variety of lamb's ears handles humidity well.
Creeping phlox, like cheddar pink, has needle-like evergreen foliage and requires well-drained soil. Trimming after its spring flowering is recommended. If shearing is required, it is always best to trim groundcovers in the spring. Pruning in the late summer or fall may force new growth that won't be able to harden off before winter.