Any ideas on what I can use to replace this monkey grass

by Louise
alongside my steps? It's been here many years, as well as in many other places in the yard, but I'm de-jungling so might want to replace this, too. As you can see, there's a brown spot next to it in the first photo where a lot of it used to live until I discovered how easily RoundUp kills it. IF I replace it at the steps, I'd want something a) that won't spread all over the place, and b) something that will look nice all year long. This area gets nearly no sun.
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  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jul 29, 2013
    Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold' would look beautiful running along your steps but I'm afraid it's not evergreen.
  • Peg Peg on Jul 29, 2013
    Are the steps in the sun most of the day or has more shade? It looks like a narrow set of steps, so I personally would not put anything that will take away form the space. The left pic also looks like there's a bit of a slope. Growing plants that will creep and fill that slope will work. If the soil is moist and cool enough, maybe a variegated ajuga will creep and fill the slope. Like Doug suggest, if it's shady, add some gold hakonechloa grass or other variegated grass to add assorted color and texture.
  • Louise Louise on Jul 29, 2013
    The steps do look very narrow here. Hadn't noticed it before. But they're 3 ft wide. The monkey grass falling over them reduces their appearance. The area gets nearly no sun. I just removed monkey grass from the now-brown area that slopes and really don't want to fill it with anything that might made a good hiding place for snakes. Part of the reason for the de-jungling of my yard is to make it less crowded with hiding places for unwanted slithery creatures. I don't see snakes, but they're all over the news these days and so not WANT to see any, so I want the yard to be as inhospitable to them as possible. I don't want a creeper or spreader plant and want one to stay green all year.
  • 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) 360 Sod (Donna Dixson) on Jul 29, 2013
    Hellebore (Lenten Rose) would look lovely and give you some bloom in the dreary colder months. It gets tall enough that snakes won't take shelter underneath. You would need to back it off about 2 ft from the steps though and use some pinestraw, mulch or something like that to help cover the ground.
  • Nancy May Nancy May on Jul 30, 2013
    HOSTAS lovely green leaves small white flowers,Does great in the shade.
  • Phillip Williams Phillip Williams on Jul 30, 2013
    A variegated Liriope would probably do nicely. It doesn't spread aggressively, but "bunches". You can divide these every 2-3 years to extend the border if desired. The foliage is very attractive and the lavender bloom spikes in the summer a very pretty.
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  • Rose L Rose L on Jul 31, 2013
    Larger rocks would work too!
  • Hostas are my go to...have them all over the yard. You can split them and they'll fill in the space nicely. Plus they're cheap!