Try Creeping Phlox...Red Creeping Thyme, and Mazus for some low-maintenance ground covers that suppress weeds
Red Creeping Thyme. Grows 3 inches tall max - no mowing . Lemony scent. Gorgeous with lavender. Perennial. Repels mosquitoes. Can grow as entire lawn. (this could be an answer for me!~~tko)
A unique new way to garden that is easy and it works. Great for apartments, townhomes, backyards, or patio homes. info and lots of pics on link. pin now so you have it for when you are ready to start a garden. detailed plans on link.
Frugal Dad breaks down the steps on how to start a space-efficient and easy-to-maintain square foot garden. I agreed with everything but the idea that blueberries were a small plant. WHAT?! they're a bush that only gets bigger.