In The LA Times Home section today there is an article, "Imagine: Rain, rain, stored away" focused on retention of rainwater on residential properties. The main thrust is infiltration pits that the City of Santa Monica is helping underwrite. But other water-wise renovations are also discussed:
"...Where a traditional turf-style front lawn once stood, Jensen planted no-mow lawn, a grass that requires less water and eliminates use of an energy-hogging lawn mower. The parking strip is planted with a flowering evergreen yarrow, a good lawn substitute...."
Old news for my reader, of course. Follow the link or click on my "evil lawn" tag to see more posts lawn. Santa Barbara County actually encourages yarrow lawns.