We had to give up on our vegetable garden several years ago because of drought conditions and the cost of water (even without the garden our water bill runs between $150-$200 a month in the summer). We still have our grapefruit tree (planted in tribute to Mario's grandma when she passed away) and a crab apple tree but that is about it.
For my flower garden I switched over to native plants a few years ago. I had a beautiful field of California poppies and the lavender and the sage bloomed like crazy this year. A couple of weeks ago the drive up to my house was so pretty with the jacaranda trees & mimosa trees in bloom. But now is the time of the year where everything starts dying back. There are still some pretty spots of color here and there but mostly we are in the "brown, dried-out, crunchy" season.