We don't normally think of something as beautiful (and delicious) as strawberries as a ground cover, but that's exactly what Debbie and Oliver did. Instead of opting for a native grass or some decorative pebbles, they did their research and strawberries just made sense:
Turns out that the California Strawberry (or Fragaria Californica) does great in shady areas or sunny areas with moderate water. They produce small fragrant berries that are edible and can withstand cold temperatures down to 15 degrees. Debbie and Olivier live by the beach so the climate is temperate, and they planted these on the north side of the property where they get the most shade, and they appear to be thriving. We just love that come summer, they'll have an edible garden.
See Debbie and Oliver's full house tour here.