In two years I had the lush, beautiful landscape of my inspiration. AND... most of these tough plants are thriving and enjoy being "dry." I fill in with drought-tolerant annuals that add color throught the growing season and help enrich the soil when they decompose.
Neighbors come from blocks around to see the seasons' progress and stop to chat. Something that didn't happen before. And since we are usually out there working we get a chance to meet them.