Determined to come up with a groundcover to replace my lawn, I searched for, and found, a groundcover that would work well (and look pretty) in upstate New York where I live. Meanwhile, I know a lot of you live in desert conditions, instead, and for you a lawn is even more costly to the environment than it is for northerners. So I found a groundcover for you, too. In fact, I found 10!
I just bought a pound of creeping thyme as the ground cover to start replacing my lawn. It is a lovely, low-growing plant
with a purple bloom that will keep blooming all summer. It even takes well to being walked on. Here is some good
background information about creeping thyme.
Top 10 Low-Water Use Groundcovers. These are native for zones 7-9, and include Prostrate Rosemary, an evergreen groundcover.
Please comment on your successes and challenges with ground cover lawn substitutes, in
Annie’s Healthy Living Network.