DROUGHT TOLERANT ALTERNATIVES TO LAWNS With drought a perennial problem even in typically greener parts of the country, homeowners might want to reconsider the thirsty, maintenance-intense lawn and try some of these ground covers instead.
Ground Cover Creeping Sedum - fast-spreading, drought tolerant and easy to keep in check. It grows in the hot, full sun or in the shade. It doesn't seem to have any special soil requirements. In June, it's covered with tiny yellow flowers.
Well behaved and neatly mounded, grows to 2 feet and sends up stalks of white plumes in early-mid summer. This grass is an easy grower in full sun, and loves a hot, dry spot. This variety does not reseed.