Ground Cover Creeping Sedum - fast-spreading, drought tolerant and easy to keep in check. It grows in the hot, full sun or in the shade. It doesn't seem to have any special soil requirements. In June, it's covered with tiny yellow flowers.
Around Southern California, landscape designer Scott Shrader is known for civilized, amenity-filled gardens tailor-made for life outside. At a Los Angeles residence, an espalier tangerine tree is surrounded by hen and chicks at its base.
Thinking this would be amazing for the front yard under the eves. A successful Arid Tropical design relies heavily on the use of bold textures, strong contrasts and dense plantings, which is well executed here.