Replace with Rocks
If you want the least maintenance possible - dig up the grass (including the roots), and replace with pebbles.
Shrubs & Mulch
Is the look of rocks too boring? Then perhaps the look of walkways and shrubs appeals more. Some pretty, low-maintenance plants include:
- Tropicanna canna
- Japanese Holly
- Autumn Fern
A third major type of landscape you could build is one composing of sedge lawn. This grass can grow between 8-16" and can deal with moderate foot traffic. It is also great at surviving drought conditions.