At our home in Florida, we built so we left much of it wild, in the front we just had the area along the drive and parking pad so it was tropical and lush, the back had an area for play with a sky fort and some kind of play mulch, DH was in charge of the landscapes then.
Here I have my back yard with just a tiny bit of landscaping, a fire pit with a stone patio, a dry creek bed, and a perennial garden. I am growing creeping thyme around the stones in the patio and walkway to it, but that will take a few years as I just bought a few plants and am propagating the rest, so weed control necessary there.
The front yard has landscaped areas on both sides to create a barrier between my 1,000 square feet or so of fescue and the neighbors' weeds, and along my drive I have a bit of a rock garden. All of this landscaping is in need of weeding as I am growing the vinca ground cover in the same fashion as the thyme (a few plants and then propagating). So very little mowing but LOTS of weeding. Luckily fescue is a cool season grass, and generally grows (and needs mowed) in spring and fall and hibernates winter and summer. Except when we get this much rain! Then it grows later into the summer.