zone 6 – perennial groundcovers?

zone 6 – perennial groundcovers?

My husband and I are moving into our new house soon. No more apartment balcony gardening for me!!! We get glorious full sun on both sides of the house and the back, but the front, which is north-facing, is full shade. It is also raised up on a retaining wall. I don't want to have to lug a lawnmower (even if it is the lovely motorless push kind I am planning on buying) onto this patch of space to mow the sparse lawn that is there. I'm planning on some flowers and such, but I'd like to fill the empty space with a shade-tolerant perennial groundcover. I know sedums are good. Any recommendations for particular kinds? I've tried researching native wildflowers, but they mostly like full sun up here. I could fill the space with various hostas, but I'd like to know my options. Also, any full-sun perennial groundcover options? We're trying to minimize the amount of grass we have. Why have a lawn when you can have a treadable garden? So: full sun and full shade perennial, preferably treadable, groundcovers?
my abode

my abode

Update on Wild Thing

Update on Wild Thing

just for fun!

just for fun!

“Baby Toes”

“Baby Toes”

Cupcakes

Cupcakes

*new girl who used to be here and left and came back*

*new girl who used to be here and left and came back*