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.

When the Grass is Not Greener: 10 Plant Alternatives to Spruce Up Your Lawn

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.

Silver Carpet - Dymondia Margaretae. Stepable groundcover. Drought resistant. Not plastic, not gravel, not painted. Not phony. YES!

12 Water-Wise Groundcovers

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.

Slow growing, drought tolerant, grows in just about any soil or light conditions, no need to fertilize or water, grub resistant, weed resistant, dense lawn carpet... what more could u ask for?

Eco-Lawn - low maintenance, full-sun to full-shade, drought resistance fescue grass mix

thyme replaces grass... drought resistant, lovely to walk on, rich green colour…

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Thymus praecox 'Elfin' (Creeping Thyme) - Photo Courtesy of STEPABLES®. [spreading sedum and creeping thyme are favorites because they can handle some foot traffic and neglect]

Grasses (mexican feather) mixed with lavendar and rosemary for low-water landscaping

7 Smart Ideas for a Low-Water Yard

Blond Mexican feather grass dances in breezes. Near wild land where it’s a weedy nuisance, try similar Slender Veldt Grass (sold as Pennisetum spathio­latum)—“the closest I’ve found to it,” says Grace.

Deer Grass – Deer Grass is dependable and fast growing. This ornamental grass is the perfect softening contrast to harsh cacti and boulders in your landscape. It thrives in full sun and harsh hot temperatures of Phoenix Arizona. It generally grows to a size of 4’ x 4’ and requires little watering. In the fall, Deer Grass produces tall slender flower spikes which create a stunning contrast to dense foliage.

In front of fence in side yard Deer Grass – Deer Grass is dependable and fast growing. This ornamental grass is the perfect softening contrast to harsh cacti and boulders in your landscape. It thrives in full sun and harsh hot temperatures

Lawn substitute. Once planted with thirsty turf, this dymondia "lawn" in Los Altos offers the same utility - a visually soothing expanse of green.

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Dymondia "lawn," Los Altos offers a visually soothing expanse of greenery that can handle foot traffic. To temper dymondia's silver hue, dotted with swaths of 'Dragon's Blood' sedum and thin-bladed Carex divulsa.

drought-resistant plants are staged around boulders that help block runoff after storms

Xeriscaping

In many parts of the country, water resources are becoming scarcer. That& why it& a good idea to landscape your home using waterwise techniques. Called xeriscaping, this process will help you have a less thirsty backyard.

Rugged path    Billowy grasses and dry-climate perennials give this pebbly path in Paso Robles, CA, a rugged look.

38 Gorgeous Garden Paths

Rugged path: Billowy grasses and dry-climate perennials give this pebbly path in Paso Robles, CA, a rugged look. Design: Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture, Los Osos, CA

With this drought-tolerant garden bed, all of the plants can withstand drier conditions -- although naturally they’ll look fuller and more vigorous with ample moisture. Description from lowes.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images

Right-side of yard as a visual divider between neighbors driveway and mine. With this drought-tolerant garden bed, all of the plants can withstand drier conditions -- although naturally they’ll look fuller and more vigorous with ample moisture.

This western selection of Little Bluestem has gray-blue foliage and a strong, upright habit. This native prairie grass provides seeds for birds and are beneficial for many butterfly species. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues, Schizachyrium scoparium Prairie Blues, Prairie Blues Little Bluestem Grass

Good Grasses - Make pathways from a porous material, such as gravel, instead of non-permeable concrete so soil can absorb some water before it runs off.  Ornamental grasses offer color and structure in this drought-resistant garden.  Purple catmint and allium edge the gravel path in this flowerbed.

Drought-Tolerant Landscaping Ideas

Creeping thyme at the bottom of a gravel path helps prevent water. Ornamental grasses offer color and structure in this drought-resistant garden. Purple catmint and allium edge the gravel path in this flowerbed.

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