This is a less-is-more approach that I really like - with a gravel mulch you have an attractive background while the (undisturbed) plants have room to spread.  Helichotrichon, sedum, thyme, with pebbles, large and small rocks.  This is very well done.

Less-is-more landscape approach - with a gravel mulch you have an attractive background while the (undisturbed) plants have room to spread. Helichotrichon, sedum, thyme, with pebbles, large and small rocks. This is very well done.

Plant Thyme in areas where grass won't grow. Like this for front walk, smells so good!

Groundcover tips- Plant Thyme in areas where grass won't grow. Like this for front walk, smells so good!

Catmint (Nepeta 'Walker's Low') grows low mounds in our curb strip over ground cover Sedum 'Acre'. ~WMG blog

Catmint (Nepeta 'Walker's Low') grows low mounds in our curb strip over ground cover Sedum 'Acre'

Hellstrip garden

A road edge planting. Frequently called a "hellstrip" because it is a hot, dry and often difficult to grow in area. This one is planted with Yellow Ice Plant Purple Salvia Red, Dragons Blood Sedum and other drought tolerant plants.

Use thyme as a lawn! It's fragrant, doesn't require mowing, and only needs occasional weeding once it takes over the space.

Thyme Lawn - low maintenance & tough turf alternative

Wooly thyme, among others, makes a perfectly behaved lawn alternative. Sweet smelling, drought tolerant and never needs mowing or fertilizing. What could be better? The feel of it on bare toes is a textural treat.

Xeriscape Groundcover Oregon Landscaping Blooming Desert Landscapes Powell Butte, OR

High Desert Tuscan mediterranean landscape with touches of lavender, wonder how to change to work for an open front yard

Creeping Thyme. Plant in full sun to partial shade. Will tolerate all soil Zones…

Creeping Thyme: In early summer the plants are covered with stunning pinkish-rose flowers that last until the first hard frost. The stunning foliage stays all through the winter months. A very hardy perennial that attracts butterflies

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