Creeping thyme as groundcover // Would this work in a spot that gets mostly shade and late-evening sun?
Low-water plants and gravel paths that widen into patios: Water wise landscape design for southwest and Rocky Mountain areas
perennial garden ideas | ... martima and catmint have vibrant blooms - ideal for a gravel garden
fabulous garden terrace/patio idea
Beautiful No-Mow Yards: 50 Amazing Lawn Alternatives (book from Timber Press)
Plants combination. Check for deer resistance first.
cute paving cobbles and gravel cottage garden
Ground cover instead of a grass lawn. Better for bees, environment - not the last one though!
A fully grown chamomile lawn. And the RHS website tells you how to grow and manage one - max one light 'cut' a year sounds good!
Ambience Images | Gravel garden beside the house with wooden bench, wooden decking and Stepping Stones. Designer - Mark Laurence