Herbs and Succulents on the Farm

succulent plants

This is my last post about my visit to “The Farm at South Mountain”, which is a rural oasis just minutes from downtown Phoenix.  

The farm has much to offer it’s visitors….organic vegetable & flower gardens, award-winning restaurants, large picnic areas underneath a pecan tree grove, artist studio and gift shop plus much more.

Succulent plants and herbs

 Table of herbs available for sale behind white flowering Geraniums.

Today, I would like to show you some of the herbs and succulent plants that I found.


The bright blue flowers of Rosemary.



My brother-in-law

My brother-in-law and sister (residents of “The Refuge”) checking out the herbs and vegetables offered for sale.


This collection of hats has nothing to do with herbs or succulents, but I just loved how they were hanging on the wall.  Imagine how much use the tattered hat has seen :^)

Succulent plants

A table filled with Ponytail Palm, Sanseveria, Jade and many other succulents,  available for $5 each.

Succulent plants

Succulent plants

Succulent plants

 Indian Fig Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus-indica)

Although from all appearances, this farm could be located anywhere,  a Indian Fig Prickly Pear cactus (above) shows the farm’s desert roots.

It was a wonderful day and I cannot wait to visit again.  Below are a few more views of the farm before we leave….

Stop and sit for awhile and listen to the radio.

Stop and sit for awhile and listen to the radio.



 An African Sumac

An African Sumac (Rhus lancea) tree shades the patio of the cafe.

Thank you for sharing my visit to the farm and for all of your friendly comments.

Flowers From a Farm in the City…

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."
20 replies
  1. Liza
    Liza says:

    Mmmm, I could almost smell the rosemary and oregano through your pictures. Thanks again for this great series of posts – farm visits are much appreciated!

  2. Amy
    Amy says:

    Thanks for sharing your visit to the farm. It looks like a great place to visit! I need to venture out and find more nurseries in Austin.

  3. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    Very nice! I think I would like to spend some time here. It looks like there's a lot to enjoy. Hard to believe the proximity to Phoenix ~ looks like it's in the "country" somewhere. Hope you get to go back soon!

  4. Catherine@AGardenerinProgress
    Catherine@AGardenerinProgress says:

    I just sent a link to this farm to my parents who will be in Arizona for the month of March. I wish I could see it myself, but I hope my parents can visit for me 🙂 My Mom loves gardening and it looks like her type of place.
    I've really enjoyed all of your pictures from your visit.

  5. bloominrs
    bloominrs says:

    I really enjoyed your posts about the farm. Your posts are always a wonderful photographic journey. I think it's great to that you have the residents of The Refuge to join you and who share your love of plants. The herbs look yummy. I'm a flower girl at heart too.

  6. Evelyn Howard
    Evelyn Howard says:

    Herbs and Succulents – you got my full attention! Thanks for the tour – love your pics. Yes the hats are great. And the succlents on sale on the table – lovely, I'd like some!

  7. Janet
    Janet says:

    I love having herbs on hand and at the kitchen door for cooking. Many of them are evergreen and do very well in containers.
    I didn't see where you said what you bought??!!? I would have spent a few bucks on both the succulents and the herbs.

  8. tina
    tina says:

    The rosemary is so pretty. I've never been able to grow it here. That Indian prickly pear rocks! So architectural. What a neat place.

  9. gippslandgardener
    gippslandgardener says:

    It has been lovely 'virtually visiting' the farm Noelle. Thanks for all the lovely pictures.
    With all of those flowers it is hard for me to imagine that it is not a garden in summer, until you point out that the pecans are not in leaf!

  10. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    It really is an amazing beautiful garden, giving the nice feeling to visitors to just linger by and get some souvenir plants as you leave. I specially like the hat display and the dried chilis. It added some character to the farm. thanks for sharing them.

  11. Ami
    Ami says:

    I did not know Rosemary has such pretty blue flowers. Love all those succulents and herbs. Those flesh leaf of the succulents just made them so attractive. Thanks for sharing!

  12. debsgarden
    debsgarden says:

    I don't know if that old hat has seen a lot of use or if a playful labrador retriever got hold of it! All the photos of herbs just make my itch for spring that much worse. Our weather is cold! But I'm seeing those little buds swell… so I'm going to have spring in my garden soon. I hope!

  13. Rosie
    Rosie says:

    Good Morning Noelle

    What lovely succulents for sale – was that Ponytail palm only $5? or just those small pots – for that size it would cost quite a bit over here. I've always wanted a ponytail palm but so far never bought one yet.

    I think you left the best photo to the last – I loved that last one and I am sure its a very popular spot during the summer months!

  14. Kyna
    Kyna says:

    If I had more bright windows, I'd have a huge collection of succulents lol. They're the only houseplants that like me 😛

    I like the picture with the string of dried peppers. For some reason I've always been drawn to them LOL

  15. Brad
    Brad says:

    I had no idea there was a farm there. I lived (and my parents still do) on the other side of South Mountain from the farm. Very cool. And I'm amazed at all that grows there, both flowers and otherwise. Thanks for the virtual visit.

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