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Here's a website you may find helpful--they sell plants but also have a lot of info on native plant communities. Here's a list of the native plants that would grow well in your area: http://www.laspilitas.com/nature-of-california/communities/creosote-bush-scrub/plants Of course there are other things you could grow too, but if you're interested in things that are guaranteed to be well adapted to your climate this is a good starting point.