Have to go with xeriscaping and low water in the cottage garden. Like these plants in the Jardin Toledo 2009: detalle plantación patio. Jardín mediterraneo, grava, jardín seco. Gravel garden, xeriscaping, dry garden, mediterranean garden.
A colorful Xeriscape garden design by Susan Blake of Santa Fe, New Mexico, features many beautiful drought tolerant species, including Zauschneria, Stachys, Centranthus, lavender, Yarrow, Iris, Russian Sage, Gaillardia, and many ornamental grasses including Miscanthus. by Hermoyne