Answer: There are a number of plants you can use rather than planting grass in the area. For a grassy look, how about Lirope? It produces tufts of foliage and seasonal flowers. Or, Phlox grows into a mat and provides seasonal color; Vinca minor is always a nice groundcover, but it grows about 8-10" high making it difficult to walk on. A final suggestion is carpet bugle (Ajuga). This ground-hugging evergreen produces deep blue spires of color in the early summer.
Hope one of these suggestions is just right for your new home!
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