The Q&A Archives: Ground Cover In Phoenix-Lawn Substitute

Question: We live in Phoenix and have a side garden that receives morning light and PM shade. We will have some flagstone stepping stones in this area and our looking for a good ground cover that can substitute for grass, look lush and take some light foot traffic. Any ideas?

Answer: Alternatives to lawn is one area of the plant palette where we just don't have good choices in the low desert. You can try dichondra, or a creeping thyme, but it may be difficult to get them established and keep them going. Dichondra usually requires consistent moisture.

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