Thyme Lawn - low maintenance & tough turf alternative
Wooly thyme, among others, makes a perfectly behaved lawn alternative. Sweet smelling, drought tolerant and never needs mowing or fertilizing. What could be better? The feel of it on bare toes is a textural treat, and the look of a happy thyme lawn adds romance and an established feel to the xeric garden. Plant some among pavers too.
Sweet Woodruff (Galium odoratum) A useful ground cover plant for poor soil, sweet woodruff is a vigorous, mat-forming perennial that provides a carpet of bright green, lance-shaped leaves in woodland gardens and shady borders. Clusters of white, starry flowers appear in spring. This fully hardy plant prefers well-drained to moist soil and partial sun to complete shade. H: 16 inches; S: 5 feet
Grass Alternative: If your lawn area is not a high-use part of your yard, there are several varieties of clover that make an excellent alternative to a grass lawn. Clover requires no chemical fertilizers to grow, infrequent mowing and is inexpensive to plant. Your clover lawn will stay green even during the driest parts of summer, and the deep root system helps it grow with little to no water. Although it is not as durable as grass, you can sit and walk on your clover lawn without problems.