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.
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.
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.
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.