On Mother's Day this year my gift was to garden freely for an entire day and I planted the following: Mexican feather grass (Stipa tenuissima)
and Prostrate Myoporum,
all draught tolerant. I also changed our regular sprinklers into soaker hoses to get the water right where it's needed, at the roots. Three months later its doing great despite the water restriction happening in Los Angeles. Eventually the Myoporum will spread and this section will be a carpet of green with the grasses fanning out.
This is where we were in May
Now in August