Try a modern japanese dry garden.  Great idea for hot and dry weather conditions.  Use some appropriately selected pots with really exotic floral arrangements to add some color.  Use a hidden drip line to keep them watered in some properly placed pottery.  Elegant, nice, easy to maintain and relaxing to enjoy.  A great place to nap or read.

Try a modern japanese dry garden. Great idea for hot and dry weather conditions.

article-image...to replace plants on mounds!!!  Little water.  Uses overhead sprinkler during a cool summer spell and give each area about an in and a half!"  Image via EAT DIG PLAY. Also see Lambley Nursery.

Salvia Nemorosa ‘Caradonna’

(Mediterranean with olive trees) A Garden You Water Four Times a Year : Gardenista.olives underplanted w/DT perennials, shrubs & herbs.

15 Backyard Design and style Ideas Transforming Your House Into a Relaxing Haven

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Russian sage, Verbena bonariensis, Mexican Feather grass, Miscanthus, purple and grey plant combination design by Giardino Segreto

If you live in a dry climate, expect to see water-saving gardening projects like this one.

10 Gardening Trends That Will Blossom in 2016

I like this idea of creating a lush desert landscape area of my yard, and maybe creating a concrete patio on the rest instead of this wood one.

This combination of plants won't overwinter in Colorado, but consider the textures and shapes in the leaves-- hardy agaves, yuccas, joshua trees, sedums, and sempervivums would make a spectacular low-water garden.

Natural Backyard Landscaping Ideas, Save Money Creating Wildlife Friendly Garden Designs

For my house in AZ.best garden designs: desert dreaming If you live in a hot climate, consider a garden scheme that is native to the region. Here, a wide array of succulents and cacti create a pleasing desert

santolina, lavender, tulbaghia, westringia, phoenix, roebellenii, olive, lantana, citrus, strelitzia, agapanthus

Another nice landscape snippet called "mediterranean" garden.

Vivid drought tolerant plantings . Grace Design Associates

Colorful plant palette – drought tolerant plantings – low water – shadow play (tall one with red flowers is Kangaroo Paw--Anigozanthos flavidus)

12 Plants for a Drought Resistant Garden

12 Plants for a Drought Resistant Garden - The Practical Gardener

Jardin Toledo 2009: detalle plantación patio. Jardín mediterraneo, grava, jardín seco. Gravel garden, xeriscaping, dry garden, mediterranean garden.

Have to go with xeriscaping and low water in the cottage garden. Like these plants in the Jardin Toledo Gravel garden, xeriscaping, dry garden, mediterranean garden.

Xeriscaping – landscape (an area) in a style which requires little or no irrigation. Xeriscaping is a water conservation concept that originated in Colorado and now spreading across the United States. The term Xeriscape is a combination of two Greek words – xeros meaning dry, and scape meaning view. It is not the same as “zero-scaping”, [...]

Xeriscaping, Drought Tolerant Land Cover

combining texture, shape, colour - Native Agave Garden "native to the southern and western United States, Mexico and central and tropical South America"

Love this!  photo by HoovB | Photobucket

Great plant height plus large agava's

Dry Gardens in England (11 of 21) | Dry Garden at RHS Hyde Hall Gardens, Essex, UK by ukgardenphotos, via Flickr

Dry Gardens in England - Hyde Hall salvia, california poppies, mexican feather…

Shrader Design | Exterior Design

Before and After: A Malibu Garden for Grey's Anatomy Star Patrick Dempsey: Gardenista

Pretty plants/texture contrast.  Dry Garden    Live in a dry area? Consider using gravel rather than lawn grass that requires lots of water and plants that thrive in arid conditions.

Use decorative gravel, pebbles or slate chips to disguise a weed-preventing membrane covering the soil in a courtyard space. Use decorative gravel, pebbles or slate chips to disguise a weed-preventing…

This dry stream bed looks so natural, you'd think it had always been part of the landscape. But it can be created by nearly any DIY-savvy homeowner. Here's how.

How to Create a Dry Creek

STEP 3 Cover the bottom and the sloping sides of the stream bed with inch of crushed pea gravel. The sharp edges of the gravel will keep it from migrating when it rains or when someone walks on it did creek river pond

The lavender shown is Hidcote and Munstead varieties. They have slightly different bloom times and colors, and both are smallish in nature rarely growing over 3'. Also deer and drought proof with silver foliage. Also shown is red creeping thyme.

Purple thyme with lavender, pine, and blanket flower amid clumps of iris and ceanothus create the border for a round rock path leading to the beach, patio and fire pit.

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