I dislike lawn, not the idea of it but the maintenance aspect; mowing and edging, weeding and watering, fertilising and aerating, all this for a bit of green open space. I do like the idea of ‘green open space’ where you can lay down in the sun or do cartwheels or set up a trampoline or kick a ball or pick up dog poo…
I was going to do this post on lawn substitutes, but I got so caught up in finding excellent examples of Myoporum parvifolium being used as lawn or green open space that I had to drop the other species.
Myoporum parvifolium grows well in full sun, it layers so one plant will fill a large space if you have time to wait. The images above show it planted around sandstone steppers but it will also withstand light foot traffic and is soft and spongy to walk on. Here it is was planted at about 6 plants per m2 so the coverage has been very quick, creating a thick carpet in 6 months.
Above it has been planted as a lawn but is also acting as a spill over carpet down a gradual slope.
There are many different varieties of Myoporum parvifolium that you can use as a lawn substitute, there are large leaf forms for a more textured look and a purple form if you want added colour, it flowers in Summer and may attract bees so beware when walking barefoot.
The best way to plant a Myoporum lawn would be to buy large quantities in tube stock and then divide it as you need, this will be quite a lot cheaper than laying turf also.
Keep the water up for the first few months and then it should fend for itself and you can lay down on it.