Ack, sometimes grass is just too much trouble. I'm not anti-lawn by any means, its a lovely soothing foreground for flowers, and I love watching the birds that are attracted by grass lawns picking for seeds and bugs.
But.... sometimes its just too much trouble....
My front yard was blah with so-so fescue turf, bald spots, and weeds. Not to mention, boring. So a while back I dug it up, rototilled the soil, and planted a butterfly garden.
Burgundy and White Iceberg roses
Goodwin Creek and Spanish Bee lavenders
Pink Princess Indian hawthorne (Rhaphiolepsis)
Wheelers Dwarf pittosporum
Tuscan Blue rosemary
Chrysanthemum, Coreopsis, Aeoniums, Asters, and annual flowers
I laid a flagstone path in a bed of sand and filled the gaps with pea gravel, and laid down shredded bark for mulch.
Here is how it looked before:
And here is what it looks like now, a year later...
p.s. Here is the other side of the driveway, kind of matching: