Water-wise gardening doesn't mean you have to plant only natives. There's a huge list of world-wide plants you can use to spectacular effect. For more practical gardening advice, see our feature 75 Gardening Ideas (Page Australian House & Garden, May
Multiple Pergolas A small yard can benefit from the added height of a pergola-or more. Here, matching pergolas spaced a couple yards apart are framed with lush greenery; slate pavers that stretch under create a seamless look.
Steps down from door to main deck and more down to ground level. For a free-standing deck, consider painting the risers a light color, while the decking boards and treads are stained or painted a darker shade.