Good news, gardeners! High-maintenance lawns that look like lush green carpets are out and yards of plants, including (gasp) dandelions, are in, horticulturists said.

"People are looking more and more for low maintenance in their yards," said Frank Robinson, executive director of the American Horticultural Society."The wave of the future is a mixture of plants for the lawn that doesn't require a lot of mowing."

Gerould Wilhelm, a research taxonomist at Morton Arboretum in suburban Lisle, said the popularity of all-grass lawns will pass "like the fins on the Buick of the '50s."

Robinson said from his non-profit organization's Alexandria, Va., headquarters that the ideal of flawless green lawns was sold to Americans about 40 years ago. "Before that, lawns used to include clovers and other plants."