How do I fix my dirt patch in my front yard?

My large front yard is basically a dirt patch apart from the garden around the edge. 8metres by 6 metres approximately. In winter it is green (not lawn) but we are in a drought so to keep it green in summer is way to much water. It is good soil but wanting ideas on how to transform it. I don't nessesarily want lawn as I am 60 and need some help. Thank you

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