Zoysia grass and buffalo grass are slow-growing and hardy. Zoysia grass thrives in sun and shade, resists drought and tolerates heavy foot traffic. Buffalo grass grows best in sunny locations with low to moderate foot traffic.
Zoysia grass seed should be planted in late spring or early summer, when the soil temperature is at least 70 degrees Fahrenheit and the average daytime temperature is about 80 degrees. Late spring is the ideal time to plant Buffalo grass seed. This type of grass germinates best when the soil temperature is above 60 degrees. Buffalo grass requires frequent watering for several weeks, but needs little water after its roots develop.
Many slow-growing landscaping plants are suitable for planting alongside Zoysia and buffalo grass. For example, creeping bramble has dense, dark green leaves and reaches a maximum height of 2 inches. Creeping thyme is another slow-growing ground cover plant. It blooms in the summer, and its bright blossoms attract butterflies.
Evergreen shrubs such as dwarf coral hedge barberry are excellent companions for slow-growing grasses. Every autumn, barberry bushes produce orange flowers and dark, inedible berries. Trees such as Japanese maple and saucer magnolia also have several slow-growing cultivars, and their small size makes them a popular choice for small yards.