Ground cover - high shade, high traffic, low water
This is for a school. Right now it's just dirt. http://flic.kr/s/aHsjwfeDt1
Lots of wonderful shade, and while it's not an area kids play, it's where parents/families congregate during pick-up, so it does have a fair amount of traffic. Being South Texas, of course it needs to be drought tolerant.
So, what would work best?
1. Hardscape - probably quite expensive unless it's just concrete, but that's not only ugly, would be hot and depressing.
2. Asiatic jasmine or similar - except that doesn't work so well with foot traffic
3. Grass - shadowturf would be ideal but far too expensive and take too long to fill in. Does that leave zoysia as the only option? Zoysia seems to take more water than I'd like.
Definitely won't plant anything before Spring at the earliest, just trying to plan now.