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.