Well we live in California, and yes is it dry, warm and sometimes hazy. I usually get comfortable by lying low in the soil or lounging in the A/C. My masters are concerned with water use with their landscaping (and all dogs need water), so a few suggestions for your outdoor living area.
* Create areas using more hardscape ~ increase the size of your patio area~ add a #calstsone paver walkway; #decomposedgranite #firepit lounge area. Mix #flagstone with #crushed rock creating that zen feel garden. Or add a #drycreekbed made of cobble and #mexicanpebble.
* Refer to the Low-Water Garden guide produced by the state of California (tax dollars at work). The plants listed will thrive in our environments and you will love all of them!
* Top your plants with great soil like #plantersmix or #compost. The soil will allow the plant to retain and absorb water more efficiently. Then topdress plants with fresh #Bark (mulch), adding another layer of moisture – and it looks great too! My master has many sizes, colors and types of bark (my favorite word).
* Check, check and recheck the efficiency of your irrigation system. Check the length of time the water runs and the time of day the water is running. Every plant has water requirements; high, medium or low.
And most of all Happy Digging!