I see no real benefit in maintaining a lawn when water is so precious so the majority of my city lot around my house is devoted to growing things that are both beautiful and useful.
I'm lucky that everyone here would rather pick dinner than mow lawn.
Perennial veggies are new to me so I'll begin with organic Egyptian walking onions that I hope will grow well here. I'm a bit concerned because they say 250 days and we've got such short seasons here but I'm looking forward to trying them anyway.
So far all I've come up with for flowers is Chamomile which I plan to use for tea, nasturtiums and chives.
I'm sure there are many other possibilities so I can't wait to settle back in with the catalogs and explore.