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I am in th process of creating two raised lawn areas in my garden but would like to use something other than traditional grass, has anyone any ideas / advice.  I would like a neat and tidy appearance and it will need to withstand traffic as the herb beds are going into one and the washing line is located in the other!!!!!!

Dovefromabove

Grass is used for lawns because it works.

Chamomile won't give you the neat and tidy appearance you want, and moss, which while looking gorgeous needs damp shade, takes a longish while to establish and can't be walked on. 

Do you mind me asking, what are your objections to a grass lawn? 

nutcutlet

Grass is the only plant that can take traffic, other 'lawns' look pretty but aren't for walking on

I'm not anti grass by any means, but we have a huge garden with a huge lawn, I'm trying to cut down on the amount of time my husband spends mowing it as he's taken up golf!!!!!!!!! I thought it may add some interest to the new raised areas but not being able to walk on it is most deffinatly a none starter. Thanks for your comments.

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Daintiness

A path would probably be a more practical answer and would also add more interest to the area. You could leave spaces for planting pockets; add formality or informality depending on the style; make it twisty, straight etc and it won't need shorn or get worn!

Or gravel?  You can walk on it and grow plants through it.   Mediterranean herbs especially will love the extra heat it reflects and the drainage.

Calendula
Joanne Shackleton wrote (see)

I'm not anti grass by any means, but we have a huge garden with a huge lawn, I'm trying to cut down on the amount of time my husband spends mowing it as he's taken up golf!!!!!!!!!

Hang on a minute. YOU are trying to cut down on the time your HUSBAND has to spend mowing the lawn because HE has taken up golf? Two soutions: do it yourself or tell him HE has to find a solution. He's the one causing the problem!

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