This is the type of summer that really tests the hardiness of perennial flowers and shrubs (and gardeners). I will water my vegetables during dry spells, but my ornamental plants and lawn are on their own.
I've been focusing on drought tolerant flowers for several years now. The idea of water wise gardening, or xeriscaping, came out of Colorado in the 1980s. It's based on 7 principles for choosing plants and siting gardens so that they not only survive periods of drought without supplemental water, but also thrive in other weather conditions. It's not guaranteed, but it sure is better than watching your garden turn brown.
Photo: © Marie Iannotti