It's tough keeping things lush with the triple-digit temperatures, and lack of rain, we have had on a daily basis.
The Wilsons choose drought-tolerant plants such as rosemary, purple fountaingrass, old roses and redbuds to complement the mesquites and oaks in front of their house. They water judiciously, giving everything a weekly drink. "We're keeping our plants right above brown," Karen Wilson says. "They are wilted, but when the next rain hits - and there will be more rain - everything will look better."
I'm not one to water every day. If the plants start looking pale and dry, I'll let them go. One thing I've started doing recently is recycling my dish water. That water I'll pour on the smaller, newer plants.