(Image courtesy of Tiggy Salt)
I have been reading about herbs lately, and was surprised and delighted by the concept of a chamomile lawn. Chamomile, as you probably know, is used in teas to calm the stomach and sooth the nerves. Some versions of the plant can also be planted as a lawn.
While this is news to me, this has been going on for a long time. Chamomile lawns were all the rage in England in the 1600s and 1700s. Shakespeare even mentioned them. The benefits are that the lawn smells good, especially when you walk on it–when the leaves are crushed, they release fragrance. Also, since chamomile blooms, your lawn would be covered with little daisy-like flowers at some point.
(A typical chamomile plant, courtesy of Wikipedia)
Chamomile lawns take less care and only have to be mowed once or twice a year. I wasn’t able to tell if they take less water than your typical green lawn, but it doesn’t sound like it. Chamomile does better in moist conditions and doesn’t like a lot of heat. They are longer than typical grass, which might bother some people, although I think it looks nice. While you can walk on the lawn, the plants can’t take a ton of stress without dying, so it isn’t a good choice for a high-traffic area.
So, maybe not the most practical lawn solution when you live in sunny California. Still, I have a shady patch where I will eventually put in a small lawn. Chamomile is now at the top of the list. Here’s more on growing a chamomile lawn.