We tend to err on the wild side of gardening letting things get sort of overgrown and mixed up. But if we were going to go more organized then we'd do something like this. Neat rows of drought tolerant flax and (less drought tolerant) thyme mirroring the steps on the deck with some fun butterfly chairs on the porch.
There's something so wonderful about how simple the planting is: 4 types of plants, in rows, and bam, a sculptural modern garden. With a drip system installed you'd barely need to maintain this, just sit back and enjoy. You can tell this garden was newly planted, so give it a couple more months and it'll be really beautiful and more filled in. Here are some of the other neighborhood gardens we've checked out this week.