When designing your rock garden, think of the space as a series of eye-catching vignettes that paint the overall landscape. Here, the orange blooms of Eriogonum umbellatum stand out against the gray-green foliage and pink blooms of Mojave sage (Salvia pachyphylla). Both plants are drought-tolerant and thrive with little maintenance./

Totekiko, the smallest Japanese Zen rock garden. Note that this only one of the four dry gardens within Ryogen-in temple, and is in fact a relatively recent design. This garden was created in 1958. One of the other gardens in this temple was created in the 16th century. Ryogen-in is a must-see when travelling to Kyoto.