Here's why I ask. This is in my next-door neighbor's back garden by Holt Jordan. With its sprinkling of evergreens, fabulous stonework, and two ponds with a waterfall between them, even winter looks damn good.
But imagine instead of these patches of cold season lawn there were just mulch, or bare earth above herbaceous plants that are hiding for the winter? Or compare it to the muddy expanse where turfgrass used to be in my own backyard, which is now SO NOT PRETTY I won't even photograph it. (It's sealed off from public display by its status as Work in Progress, I tell myself.)
Now that I've cavalierly, possibly rashly banned lawn as a groundcover from my property, is it really so terrible? These patches may even be maintained organically - I know the folks at Safe Lawns promise it can look this good without the gardener behaving badly. Not a bad deal, I say.