Using glass, a series of movable wooden screens, wood slats, and a slate roof Zecc Architecten & Roel van Norel create a small modern cottage that can adapt to the needs of the users in Utrecht, Netherlands.
Raised beds, collecting rainwater as well. - perhaps tiered beds can have a French drain at the end that catches excess water run off from the rain. It would be a larger area to collect rain water and would only be extra If the other plants were all
Pondless Backyard Fountain Pond and Waterfall. Even without the fountain, which in Az will grow algae like nobody's business, I think the idea of softening up the patio with a little rock garden with plants mixed in.
keep shells in open container in fridge. When full, crush shells into small bits and sprinkle around base of plants. Sharp eggshells will deter slugs, snails, and other bugs from nibbling on garden and add touch of calcium to soil.
Growing strawberries (Or any plants!) from a gutter hung on the fence drilled holes every few inches in the bottom so they would drain well, and added Miracle Grow, and planted 100 strawberry plants in 10 foot long metal gutters