|sarah price landscapes via Pintrest|
This modern take on a prairie or meadow garden is a brilliant combination of structure and softness. The formal, clipped hedges of evergreen boxwood (Buxus spp.) add just the right amount of contrast and stability to a very loose and organic perennial planting. Although shown flanking stairs on a moderate slope, this design style would be equally effective on a flat ground plane. Many of these native plants would work well here but, for our dry, sunny climate I'd switch out the boxwood with green lavender-cotton (Santolina rosemarinifolia) or English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).