thyme replaces grass... drought resistant, lovely to walk on, rich green colour, zero maintenance...

Thymus praecox 'Elfin' (Creeping Thyme) - Photo Courtesy of STEPABLES®. [spreading sedum and creeping thyme are favorites because they can handle some foot traffic and neglect]

Red Creeping Thyme, Groundcover For Dry, Full-Sun Areas    Red creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum coccineus ) is a heat-tolerant, drought-tolerant ground cover that grows in zones 3 to 9. It likes full sun and grows close to the ground at only two to four-inches tall. It's deer-resistant, too.

Low-Maintenance Ground Covers That Suppress Weeds

Red Creeping Thyme, Groundcover For Dry, Full-Sun Areas Red creeping thyme (Thymus serpyllum coccineus ) is a heat-tolerant, drought-tolerant ground cover that grows in zones 3 to It likes full sun and grows close to the ground at only two to four-inches

A well proportioned ratio of rocks to other drought tolerant plants gives more depth and curb appeal to a lawn than just a plain sheet of grass.

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Rock Garden A rock garden can be an attractive alternative to a grass lawn. This one has a rock streambed as the centerpiece, with low-water perennials flanking and overflowing its sides. The gardens natural look offers a lot of color and visual interest.

Beautiful, colorful landscaping!  The tall grass is purple fountain grass (Pennisteum sectaceum 'Rubrum'), available from bustaniplantfarm.com (image credit).  Looks like coleus and purple heart, and maybe begonias?

The tall grass is purple fountain grass (Pennisteum sectaceum 'Rubrum'), with purple heart, and begonias in the foreground, and coleus (or gold spirea) between the grasses.

Charming Curves...mulch keeps weeds down and conserves moisture. Curved flowerbed border. Plants chosen in mostly similar hues. Round paving stones lead visitors through the grass border. Hardscape structures - tall birdhouse adds whimsy with function.

Use geometry to contrast or complement the flowerbed's curving borders repeat in the gentle edging of lawn. Plants chosen in similar hues.lavender, light purple, and fuchsia offer a soothing color for the garden- ideas for the azaleas.

Creeping Thyme is the ideal groundcover for the gardener that wants it all – utility, color, and even a lemony fragrance! A diminutive flower that grows usually no more than ½ a foot tall, Creeping Thyme is the ultimate low-maintenance perennial.

Creeping Thyme is the ideal groundcover for the gardener that wants it all utility, color, and even a lemony fragrance! A diminutive flower that grows usually no more than a foot tall, Creeping Thyme is the ultimate low-maintenance perennial.

Thyme Ground Cover - Thyme Establishing a creeping thyme lawn takes a few years but is well worth it when you reap the rewards. Thyme likes hot, dry temperatures, so it never needs watering.

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Hellstrip garden

A road edge planting. Frequently called a "hellstrip" because it is a hot, dry and often difficult to grow in area. This one is planted with Yellow Ice Plant Purple Salvia Red, Dragons Blood Sedum and other drought tolerant plants.

HOT and DRY. Drought tolerant Ice  Plant (Delosperma) is right at home along this cement curbside. Few sun perennials can take such less-than-forgiving locations yet still provide months of bloom all summer long.

MAILBOX --HOT and DRY. Drought tolerant Ice Plant (Delosperma) is right at home along this cement curbside. Few sun perennials can take such less-than-forgiving locations yet still provide months of bloom all summer long.

Thymus serpyllum  - Creeping Thyme  - Ground Cover

Thymus serpyllum Seeds - Creeping Thyme Seeds - Ground Cover

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