What grows in the desert climate?
I tell my northern friends, "if the heat doesn't kill it the cold will." As a snowbird and garden enthusiast I've seen the challenges of gardening in Sun City, AZ. No wonder everybody around here has gravel and cactus landscaping. I've literally spent many hundreds of dollars in the last three years trying to get a decent looking front and backyard because of the weather and rabbits. So far my favorites by default are yellow bells, bougainvillea, lantana, palo verde trees and sometimes oleanders because they are the only ones that live through five months of 100+ degree heat. When the cold comes in the winter most of these plants die back considerably. I've found it much easier to grow in zone 5 (northeast Washington state) than in zone 9 (Phoenix, AZ area). Are there other plants that can be recommended that I'm missing out on that will do well in the desert climate?