You can't beat good old fashioned grass. If you use your garden at all (as opposed to looking at it out of the windows) then it will often be the lawn that you use. If you have children, it provides a near perfect outdoor play surface, soft and forgiving, self-repairing, and good looking. The same applies if you have a dog or cat (or rabbit / guinea pig / chickens etc. for that matter). If your garden has aspirations to being ornamental as well as utilitarian, then the lawn provides an excellent foil to show off all the other features.
Almost irrespective of the size of your garden, a lawned area is well worth incorporating if you don't currently have one, or renovating / improving if you have one but if it's in poor condition. The only gardens that are probably better off without a lawn are very small courtyard types, where space for hard surfaces and planting is at a premium. 10ft x 10ft is probably an absolute minimum for an area of lawn, anything less really does look silly.
Fence-to-fence or not. If at all possible leave part/s of the garden unturfed where beds and borders are to go. Laying turf that will later be lifted is a waste of money and also it's hard work digging up well-rooted turf which then has to be disposed of.
Things to consider when planning a lawn in your garden
Anthemis nobilis - Chamomile. The variety 'Treneague' is the one you need as it is non-flowering, standard flowering chamomile grows quite tall and gets very straggly, tatty and un-lawn like after it has flowered. Aromatic, feathery, best on a sunny site. Trim in late summer. Establish from divided plants or cuttings, 4-6 inches apart.
Thymus spp. - Thyme Ideal for well-drained sites in full sun. A mixture of the low growing and creeping forms gives a lovely Persian carpet effect. Establish from seed, sowing different species in bold shapes, at least five plants per patch. Choose varieties with contrasting leaf colours, textures and flowering seasons. Maintenance is minimal, restricted to a little hand-weeding and the occasional clipping of the taller dead flower heads. Good where they can spill onto the edges of a path or gravel / paved area.
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