Herb lawns can be an efficient alternative to traditional landscapes because they need to be mowed only once or twice a month, take less water and can be a boost to the environment, writes Bonnie Orr, a master gardener. Many nurseries have or can get dryland ecology lawn seed mixes, which are drought- and shade-tolerant. Some examples are ryegrass, fine fescue, strawberry and Dutch white clover, wild English daisy, Roman chamomile, yarrow and baby blue eyes.

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