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Moss and stone yard....I had a neighbor who did this. She couldn't get any grass to grow so she let the moss take over and just pulled the grass up, it was so pretty and she loved to walk in her yard barefoot because it was so comfortable.

You don't have to have water to have beautiful stepping stones. This perfect example of zen comes from a garden in Tokyo. Check out the website for more great ideas and tips.

"However, I had first to rid myself of encumbrances. Just beyond the drive a low shape rose, which proved to be a poorly maintained privet hedge, vastly overgrown but easily breached. I deposited my boots and the several skirts behind it, tucked the doll into the back waistband of my trousers...and crept across the drive to the wall of the house." --Laurie R. King

Love the checkerboard paving - if you were careful about the 'grass' you planted, you wouldn't need to mow (e.g. microlaena, chamomile, thyme, creeping mint, even violas...) I've always loved this idea, but having to continually maintain it put me off. Love the idea of a ground cover that wouldn't need to be mown

Beauty in simplicity. Three materials convey a lot of meaning in this setting.

Steps across a shallow pond hidden in your garden

Stones filled with ground cover

A path edged with decorative rounded pebbles and moss mounds with Pachysandra terminalis in the Japanese garden Satoyama Lif

At the bottom of William Wordsworth's garden at Rydal Mount rests this mossy stairway, long forgotten.

The moss seems to be a real hair on this stoned statue. Located : Otagi-Nenbutuji Temple, Oku-Saga, Arashiyama area, Kyoto

Finally! Something that might work on a slanted yard.