In any xeriscape, a little rain must fall - occasionally. The trick is to choose the right plants that can survive long enough between rainstorms.
It's been an interesting and steep learning curve; figuring out what you can grow (and what you can't) with very little water; in this situation, there are some plants that excel at surviving and thriving in challenging conditions.
Hardy succulents like Sempervivum (hens and chicks), Sedum (stonecrop) and some of the other less common ones like Jovibarba, Rosularia and Orostachys are iron tough; even if they start to get a little sad looking, once we get a few summer showers they perk up overnight.
It may be messy and have a few weeds, but it's obviously well used and loved. I enjoy seeing how the plants are doing; keep in mind that these get absolutely no care, they are left to their own devices...
...and they don't seem to mind at all! With all the rain we've had recently, the plants are all looking just fine - irises blooming, lilacs just finishing and the wild roses, Rosa woodsii are perfuming the air.
Click on any picture to start the slide show; enjoy my garden, in mid June 2013.
I hope you've enjoyed this virtual tour around my garden - this snapshot of what the plants are doing at this moment in time is fleeting; tomorrow, there will be different plants blooming, other seeds germinating, and many other changes.
Although the garden seems to be a calm and peaceful place, it's burgeoning with life and each day brings something new to wonder about. Come back next time for a garden tour - see you then!