There are probably not too many things that would induce a visit to Phoenix in the height of summer. For us it was the arrival of our fourth grandchild.
So although this is not my patch I can't resist posting a few photographs of the gardens in the neighborhood. In the brutal temperatures at the moment it is amazing to see so much in flower. The monsoon rains have brought little relief to the summer heat but the plants have come to life. The red bird of paradise, Caesalpinia pulcherrima, with its vibrant red and orange flowers is a good match for the blast furnace temperatures.
Texas chain saw massacre.
There is a variety of landscape style, but of course the one for me would always be the xeriscape look with dry creek. I wonder why?
Others have the true desert landscape with cacti and agave.
This strip between wall and sidewalk has a healthy planting of Opuntia and they were sporting some pretty impressive tuna.