Very drought tolerant, low-growing Elfin Thyme (Thymus serpyllum) forms a tight solid mat of green foliage that blooms with light pink flowers in summer. The sun-loving plant is a vigorous creeper that stands up to foot traffic.
Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives by Evelyn J. Presents alternative options to a grass lawn, discussing methods for converting a lawn to a garden, different types of gardens, and recommended plants.
DROUGHT TOLERANT ALTERNATIVES TO LAWNS With drought a perennial problem even in typically greener parts of the country, homeowners might want to reconsider the thirsty, maintenance-intense lawn and try some of these ground covers instead.
Plants to Use as Lawn Alternative: Irish Moss (Sagina subulata). When you decide to replace your lawn with a groundcover, you’ll create easy-care beauty that trims your landscape chore list. Select lawn alternatives like you would any other plant.
Mondo grass ophipogon is a sod-forming perennial that serves as a hardy and attractive groundcover in a garden or backyard setting. As an alternative to regular grass, mondo is a low maintenance turf that never needs to be mowed.
Thyme Thyme is a drought resistant plant that is a beautiful shade of purple. Save water and glam up your lawn at the same time! While a little foot traffic won't hurt, you should set up a walking path through the thyme to keep from damaging the plants.
How to Choose Groundcovers and Plants to Use As Lawn Alternatives
Fragrant when crushed underfoot. Perfect for curbside areas, paths and patios. Yellow button blooms in late spring. Hardy in Zones 7 to 10 and cover ground quickly, spreading more than 12 inches annually.
No More Mowing: 10 Grass-Free Alternatives to a Traditional Lawn
Lawn alternative: Nearly as rugged as ordinary grass, Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatillis) ground cover is fast growing and can take heavy foot traffic. I'd like to see the elfin thyme and green carpet rupturewort together.