These are some of the most common landscaping plants found in southwest gardens and yards. Most of them are generally drought tollerant low water use plants that thrive in the heat and are best suited to the dry desert climate of the southwest.
Because the climate in the southwest is so dry and often desert like, they are also best suited to and common in xeriscaping which is a landscaping method that practices low water use and conserving natural resources.
Of course, this is only a few pictures of the most common plant choices that you might use in a desert southwest garden or landscape but it will give you a good start and some ideas. Also see Southwest Landscaping Ideas for some inspirations on design plans, layouts, and other planting schemes.
Feather Reed Grass
Black Eyed Susan