I've settled on a plan, for eventual replacement of lawn grass with low-growing, fragrant, ground-cover. This will be the case in the vinyard out front, as well as in the small back lawn between the house and the Food Forest.
Plants are as follows:
German (Creeping) Chamomile
a Crocus assortment
This will never need mowing, can tolerate being walked on without suffering much damage, smells nice, is beautiful, and all of the plants are useful should a need for them arise.
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I would suggest throwing yarrow in the mix. It enhances essential oil production in herbs.
As to your vines, you might want to consider adding star anise to the mix there, as it it supposed to be a valuable companion crop for vines, as a scent distractor, I think.
A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.
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