Since we don't play polo or cricket, we started asking ourselves if a grass lawn in the back is really practical. We considered stone, but I like the green contrast that the grass provides our planting beds. Dwarf mondo grass is cool, but it does not stand up to full sun well. We decided to go with Herniaria Glabra, a evergreen ground cover that has the texture of moss from a distance. The small 4" plants that were installed in April have really started to fill in nicely. We went with a small area of 'Kyoto dwarf' mondo grass at the beginning of the path too. Here are some pictures. If all goes well, the front yard maybe next.