You could create a similar planting scheme, to this one in California, using hardy exotics. Agave attenuata is extremely tender. But you may be able to plant Agapanthus, Phormiums, Kniphofia caulescens, Euphorbias, etc

Modern Drought Tolerant (Xeriscape) Garden Even the desert is far from devoid of beautiful plant life. Not all of the Southwest US is desert, yet all have to be cognizant of water use! Love some of the plants used in this pic.

Landscape designer Alan Fisher says, "Water-wise gardening doesn't mean you have to plant only natives. There's a huge list of world-wide plants you can use to spectacular effect." For more practical gardening advice, see our feature 75 Gardening Ideas (Page 135, Australian House & Garden, May 2013)

Water-wise gardening doesn't mean you have to plant only natives. There's a huge list of world-wide plants you can use to spectacular effect. For more practical gardening advice, see our feature 75 Gardening Ideas (Page Australian House & Garden, May

Love the look of this native Australian plant... wonder if it would work around a pool area?

Acacia cognata Love the look of this native Australian plant. wonder if it would work around a pool area?

Eucalyptus 'Moon Lagoon' - great for cut flowers, drought tolerant, prune regularly

Eucalyptus 'Moon Lagoon' - great for cut flowers, drought tolerant, prune regularly HARDY IN ZONE 5 ?

Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird' • Australian Native Plants Nursery • Plants • 800.701.6517

Leucospermum 'Yellow Bird' part of the Proteaceae family with Yellow flowers flowering in Spring - early summer avaliable from Australian Native Plants located in Ventura, CA

Artera Landscape: Finalist in Gardenista's Considered Design Awards

Earth Sculptors: Arterra Landscape Architects on Paul Goldberger, Antonio Gaudí, and “The Painterly Approach” - Architizer

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