I've been here all along! I just didn't want to pass on my frustration and exhausted outlook on life. It's hot here (duh), and as I have wilted in the miserable sun all my plants have, too. It was depressing, to put it simply. But now I'm learning to accept the Facts of Life in Phoenix. I had a therapy session with a wonderful woman who used to do landscape design, and she taught me an important lesson: Home Depot deceives. It turns out the plants don't just die when they get to MY house - they die in everyone's yards at times because they're not always ready for the lovely, balmy Phoenix weather (insert bitter sarcasm here). So she helped me "triage," and provided therapy as I said goodbye to these poor soldiers who are on their way to Plant Heaven (not to be compared with Planet Hollywood which is a very, VERY different place).
A little knowledge goes a long way...I now will turn to the Phoenix Master Gardeners and AMWUA instead of those creeps who say the plants need "at least 6 hours of full sun" when really they just want to sit in the shade and drink all day.
Live and learn.