I like the feel of prairie or cottage style gardens the best...rambling, a little wild and unkept, not as time consuming as a very manicured garden, and filled with hardy indigenous plants that you can't kill with the intense southern sun.
'100 Years of Hidcote', Chelsea Flower Show 2007
border six plants
Circular patio surrounded by low box hedging
Herbaceous Border: Easy herbaceous border to the sandy soil and full sun .... also withstands wind