Lawn alternatives are a great idea for a shady spot, or small courtyard. Many ground cover options can also be used as border plants.
For a very quick growing ground cover, try a dichondra such as Silver Falls, which has cascading foliage and also works in hanging baskets. It can survive long spells without rain and blooms from late spring to early autumn.
For a formal garden there is mondo grass, the most popular border plant in Australia.
There are dwarf varieties and even black varieties.
For a really moist shady spot, Baby’s Tears are perfect; best suited to low traffic areas. It creeps along the ground and only gets to 5cm in height, a luscious green carpet of leaves.
Herbs such as chamomile and thyme are also suitable ground covers and add some flavour to your cooking.
Viola Hederacea (native violet) flowers most of the year and are perfect in dappled light. We have used them around our pavers, in an area where lawn wasn’t working. Thanks to its running roots system, native violets can easily be transplanted around the garden. The pavers were first paced out and cemented in. After planting, water the plants in. They have been placed far apart to allow for spread over the year.