Click on the photo to see a larger version on Flickr. Click here to see the entire album titled Sub-irrigation » California "Bubble SIP" Drought Tolerant Patio Garden. The album contains an archive of photos taken since the garden was started in August of last year.
Not a very good photo but it illustrates that the sun is slowly rising in the sky. The garden will not be in full sun even at the peak of summer but the left side will receive ample sun to create flowers. Plants on the right side are shade tolerant.
I did no maintenance other than on the day of this photo. I added water to the large Dracaena marginata and a couple of other plants. That's it!
All of the plants are in excellent health. It is obviously a water saving, low-maintenance, sustainable garden. This planter on the extreme left side shows the flowering benefit of sunshine. Other plants will bloom as the sun rises in the spring and summer sky.
Note that the Ficus trees are putting out new leaves after the severe pruning last fall. They are growing in the ground as part of the property landscaping.