Answer: There are lots of plants you can grow in the desert. Here's a web address for you to explore, sponsored by the Victorville Water District. While it's not your water district, they've put together 8 pages of plants that will thrive in your gardening region: http://www.ci.victorville.ca.us/residents/plant-list.pdf
As for your lawn, it is possible to have a green lawn all year around, but you have to choose the right turfgrasses. Most desert gardeners plant Bermuda grass which remains green as long as the weather is hot, then they overseed with a cool season grass such as ryegrass which greens up when the weather cools and the Bermuda goes dormant. So, start with a lawn of Bermuda and in October overseed with rye. As long as you keep the lawn watered, it will remain green 12 months of the year.
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