A Container Garden in the Midst of “The Refuge”

Container Garden


I would like to take you on a visit back to “The Refuge”, which is the home of my younger sister, (Daisy Mom), and her family.  In the past, we have seen the beautiful scenery surrounding their home and who can forget our visit with Mr. Compost.

Container Garden

From left to right – Barrel Cactus, Tomato, Lantana, Fern, Spiky Succulent, Avocado (grown from an Avocado pit), Fern, Pine Tree Sapling, Vinca and another Fern.

Composting, is as you might expect, Mr. Compost’s domain and the vegetable garden is Mr. Green Jean’s.  However, Daisy Mom, reigns supreme over her container garden.

Each time we go over and visit, I just have to step out onto the patio to see what she has growing.  It is always a bright spot of many different and colorful plants, even in the middle of January, when the above photo was taken.  

Container Garden

In the summer, the flowers are all in full bloom and the garden is a favorite cool spot to sit and enjoy being outdoors. 

Rosemary, Avocado and Cactus

Rosemary, Avocado and Cactus

Succulents, herbs, small trees and flowering plants make up her container garden.  You never know what you will find…I mean, who would have thought to plant an avocado pit, instead of throwing it away?  My sister, that’s who :^)

Container Garden

Mr. Green Jeans, helping his mom plant some new flowers.

Occasionally, Mr. Green Jeans, my nephew and resident “Refuge” photographer, can be found taking a break from his vegetable garden and helping his mom plant some new things in her garden.

Yellow Primula.

Yellow Primula.

As you can see from Daisy Mom’s container garden, you don’t have to have a lot of space to create your own container garden.  So, go down to your local nursery, but a few pots, some flowering plants, vegetables or a succulent or two and a bag of potting soil and get started.  



That is all you need to do to start your own container garden and the beauty of it is is that you can keep building upon it.

Even better, you can ask for some cuttings or seeds from your friends gardens and start them in your garden as well.

Before you know it, you can have a vibrant, beautiful container garden just like Daisy Mom.

Our next post from “The Refuge” will introduce us to Mr. Green Jean’s vegetable garden and you will also get to meet all the residents of “The Refuge” as well. 

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a author, horticulturist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."
16 replies
  1. FlowerLady
    FlowerLady says:

    I wish my container gardens looked that lush. Daisy Mom definitely has a way with growing things in containers.

    I look forward to seeing Mr. Green Jean's veggie garden and the other residents as well.


  2. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    Oh I love it. I would make a bee line to check it out too (if I were visiting!) I love planting containers ~ it's so easy and fun. No amending the soil like in the ground and usually great results pretty quickly. I can't believe how beautiful it all is in FEBRUARY!!!

  3. Amy
    Amy says:

    Pretty containers! Looks like you are having great weather. It is nice to see a boy helping his mom with the planting. I have one son that really likes to help me. The other two….not so much. 🙂 sy

  4. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    I hope one day she gets avocados-the trees from seeds tend to be more robust. I have two small trees grown from the pits ( with any luck I will have avocados in 3-5 years. I tried to plant more but the puppy thought they were balls for his playing pleasure…

  5. Msrobin
    Msrobin says:

    Noelle, ask your sister her secret to rooting an avocado pit! I've tried several times lately with no results. I know I did this with success back in my college days. Are the seeds sterile or something?

  6. James Missier
    James Missier says:

    I totally agree with you when it comes to container gardening. Before you know it the whole place is added with lushful colours and vibrant greens.
    ITs surely exciting.. Im still admiring those primula – are they tropical?

  7. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    Hi Noelle, now our plants are the same, tropical living in dessert climate. Do you know that those ferns are just weeds here? We dont plant them but remove them, they grow anywhere! I chuckled with that avocado planted in a small pot, haha. Maybe your sister will make a bonsai. I appreciate Mr Green Jeans for being so diligent with his assignments, but i am looking forward to his vegie farm.

    This is a reply to Msrobin asking how to grow avocado seeds. These big seeds are called recalcitrant seeds, must be planted immediately after removal from the fruit, as if they wilt they wont grow anymore.

  8. Gail
    Gail says:

    I am totally taken with the sunshine…and the container primulas are lovely. I remember trying them my first spring in this clay soiled garden…I think they would be so much happier in a container! I need a resident helper! gail

  9. Rebecca @ In The Garden
    Rebecca @ In The Garden says:

    Beautiful post Noelle, the containers are gorgeous. I always shy away from them since I find them to be more work somehow. But I will try to add more this year, since they add so much interest to the landscape. 🙂

  10. arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
    arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

    Thank you all for your compliments…I am sure my sister appreciates them as well. I will try to get an updated view of the container garden in late spring. MSRobin, I believe that Andrea answered your question about the Avocado pit. I hope it helps :^)

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