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.

Color scheme, stone softened by nice gray plantings, water feature, coniferous tree in foreground

gravel courtyard, low maintenance garden, mix of green planting, low stone water feature, by Elysian Landscapes - Gardening Design

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.

A Garden You Water Four Times a Year

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

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)

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

15 Backyard Design and style Ideas Transforming Your House Into a Relaxing Haven 5.1

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

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"

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

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.

Stone trough

Simple contrasts spark garden interest: Scott Shrader edged a seventeenth-century stone water trough. with elegant, sheared boxwoods and ‘Blue Glow’ agaves. the trough features a bronze spigot from La Maison Francaise Antiques, Inc that’s a replic

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