alternative to grass, Green Carpet (Herniaria Glabra). drought tolerant, rarely flowers, sun or shade, handles foot traffic

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Low growing grasses, shade tolerant Hakonechloa macra 'All Gold', European Ginger, Painted fern and Hosta 'June' from article on 10 great groundcovers to rely upon from A Way to Garden

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Grass Seed For Shade: What Grass Grows In Shade - Grass doesn’t like shade. If you have a lot of shade trees or other low light conditions in your yard, you’re never going to have a lawn. It’s as simple as that. Or is it? Learn more here.

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Non-Invasive Ornamental Grasses | ... is a compact drought tolerant native grass | Ornamental Native Grass

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Kari. Any experience with any of these? Would they hold up with the kids playing on it?

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Hakonechloa, Aureola... "A grass tolerant of shade! 2009 Perennial of the Year. Richly golden variegated leaves form delicate looking, tough-as-nails mounded plants. Easy to grow and provides interest in all four seasons." *Search images online to see this plant used in gardens -very pretty & #DeerResistant.

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