This informal mixed garden bed features drought-tolerant trees, evergreen shrubs, perennials, and annuals.
Ornamental grasses provide fantastic versatility in texture, color, and structure for virtually any garden, particularly those that receive less water. Even after frost has flattened other plants, grasses stand tall.
Purple fountaingrass sends out frothy seedheads that look particularly dazzling when backlit. Stunning maidengrass (Miscanthus 'Gracillimus') can reach towering heights of 9 feet, making it a perfect fencelike border for the back of a bed. The graceful, arching leaves of Japanese forestgrass stay lower to the ground—about 16 inches or so—but have a cleanly contemporary look that's perfect in restrained gardens.
Our free Planting Guide for this garden includes an illustrated version of the garden, a detailed layout diagram, a list of plants for the garden as shown, and complete instructions for installing the garden. (Free, one-time registration allows unlimited access to Planting Guides for all garden plans.)
Garden size: 33 x 24 feet
Plant these self-sufficient species, and your watering tasks will be greatly reduced.
Orange- and Yellow-Flowering
Blue- and Purple-Flowering