There are several distinct areas.
The front yard redone last year is a near xeriscape.
An entry garden is mulched with small shrubbery and a few blooming perennials like Mexican oregano and mealy blue sage and a white blooming sage friend Barbara carried over and planted herself.
My vegetable area has a number of things planted there already; tomatoes, squash, eggplant, lettuce, spinach, beets and lots of herbs. Missing are the green beans waiting on a trellis.
The largest part of the yard beyond a low retaining wall is a fifty foot wide wildlife area for a great many birds, but also frequented by raccoons, an occasional skunk or possum, many squirrels and assorted lizards (and sometimes a snake!) I have added three small redbud trees for perching and 2 sizable yaupons for fall berries. A larger tree shades this area for the hottest time of day.
All creatures appreciate the water kept for the birds. Sometimes these wild ones sample the tomatoes and that is not good.
The little rain barrel is also in the back area. It is in place though not plumbed from the rain gutter yet. One of my neighbors has a 250 gallon water catchment system. I will learn small and perhaps let mine be larger later. e, in her earth mother mode.