Lawn alternative: Nearly as rugged as ordinary grass, Blue Star Creeper (Isotoma fluviatillis) ground cover is fast growing and can take heavy foot traffic. I'd like to see the elfin thyme and green carpet rupturewort together.
Goodbye Grass: 7 Inspiring Ideas for a "No Mow" Backyard
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.
No More Mowing: 10 Grass-Free Alternatives to a Traditional 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.
"Looking for a grass alternative? The lowest-growing of all mints, mentha requienii prefers dry to moist soil and medium to full sun. It tolerates foot traffic well and when trampled, gives off a pleasant creme de menthe aroma.