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.
Do you have any suggestions for drought-tolerant, kid-friendly ground cover? We've read that dymondia works well to fill in space between pavers but haven't found any talk of how well this plant works as a grass substitute, spread across a yard.
UC Verde buffalograss: "Developed by UC Davis and UC Riverside and is specially adapted to suit the conditions in California. Once established, you will see up to a 75% reduction in water consumption due to its deep root system which reaches several feet into the ground."