Groundcovers

Groundcovers

Does anyone know of a good groundcover that spreads *quickly*, would not need mowing or much tending, tolerates full shade, and could stand up to some foot traffic? (Zone 6, St. Louis) I've got a little nook in the backyard against the house that is mostly bare dirt right now. It's full shade, and I'm putting the patio table and chairs there and plan to spend a couple of afternoons a week with my laptop, doing work and enjoying the outside. (Plus just regular relaxing, and cooking out) Ideally, it would be a great spot for a patio of flagstone or something, but the ground isn't level and will require a huge amount of work. I really don't think I would have time this year to get it done. (I'm a do it yourselfer) So I'm looking for a way to do something to the bare dirt that's quick and cheap until I have time (and money) to do a proper patio. My ideas have been cheap linoleum, just slap it down (I'm going to fill in around with containers of flowers and plants to decorate), and then at Target I saw these outdoor polypropylene rugs. They looked nice and were $80, but in reading online about these rugs, they seem to be to put on patios and decks, not on the ground directly. That brings me back to a ground cover, unless someone has a brilliant idea for something quick and cheap. (Is the linoleum an idea worth pursuing or is that ridiculous?) I just hate the idea of my table and chairs (and my bare feet) on bare dirt all summer. Ideas? Oh, the area is approx 9 by 9 feet. Thank you. :)
Help identifying my hanging plant

Help identifying my hanging plant

Check your fences!

Check your fences!

plant id

plant id

Eggplant

Eggplant

Pics

Pics

tulip forming bulb above ground?

tulip forming bulb above ground?