I've always believed the country gardens in particular need tough plants, and lots of natives fit the bill. And, of course, that's what I've planted here, lots of native trees, tough perennials and ornamental grasses. But drought is so disappointing when you want your garden to thrive, not just survive.
I've just ordered my first truckload of water for the season, so I can water my shade garden and my four-square garden (see picture in previous post). These two areas have irrigation now, which should make them easier to water.