Many years ago I redid my front lawn into some sort of desert motif. The last several Springs my efforts have paid off with beautiful blooms, especially the cactus. I have to give a lot of credit to Jeffrey who planted the California poppies, which have spread, as well as other perennials and to Matt who maintains the front in all its wildness.
I've also been lucky to get natural moisture at just the right times in early Spring. Here's a neat storm forming.