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Photo: Isabel Eve (Shutterstock) If you have a standard lawn of grass outside your home, you may have had occasion to wonder if our ancestors were crazy. How in the world did grass become the de facto ground covering? Grass is a pain in the ass: It requires constant tending, looks janky if you don’t mow it, will turn brown on you in a heartbeat if you under- or over-water it, is thirsty AF and will send your water bills soaring—and worst of all, it’s boring . Yes, a well-maintained and well-trimmed lawn of grass feels nice on your feet and has a certain brutalist perfection, but it’s also a monochromatic sea of…green (and, as noted above, probably some brown). While you might not want to get rid of all of your grass, changing things up with some pretty, lower-maintenance flowering ground-cover not only jazzes up your yard, but will reduce the effort you have to put into it. There is a wide range of choices for a flowering ground cover, and if you choose wisely (and pay attention to the hardiness zone you live in) your new ground cover will grow fast, use a lot less water, and require much less maintenance. Here are some of the best flowering ground covers that will spice up your outdoor space.