Low growing grasses, shade tolerant Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold', European Ginger, Painted fern and Hosta 'June' from article on 10 great groundcovers to rely upon from A Way to Garden. Grass for front bed.
Pink Echeveria Afterglow dots the carpet of gray-blue Dymondia margaretae, repeating the hues of the larger sculptural accent plants: bronze-tinged Sundowner phormium is striking beside an icy blue Agave attenuata Nova.
love the bumpiness of Korean Velvet Grass (Zoysia tenuifolia) - makes a no-mow groundcover to replace the lawn in zones Emeral variety tolerates shade a bit more. Zoysia grass its a lesser water consuming lawn.
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.