I joined in Kate O's discussion over at MCB regarding the pounding that area gardens are taking. Our damage is minimal relative to that which others have suffered in this drought.
Below is a picture of part of our garden. I planted everything except the green, flowerless bush in the far background before last April's unseasonably hard freeze, which they survived, only to have to weather the current hundred-degree-temp-and-drought regime that we are up against.
The red flowers in front are lantana (which in this region of the country are considered annuals), and they cannot get enough heat and sun. The only time they don't seem happy is when it rains. And they are constantly assaulted by various species of butterflies.