One of the reasons that I enjoy blogging and consulting with people in the desert southwest, is that I have a great platform in which to show people the beauty that exists in the desert garden.  

For some, their picture of a desert garden may be full of boulders, gravel and cactus.  Well, there are some gardens that do contain those elements, but there is so much more that is possible.

 Now you may look at your garden and feel that something is missing.  Maybe it is a lack of color or texture….or maybe it is a lack of plants.   What kind of resources are there for people who like the idea of having a beautiful garden?  

Because of our distinctive climate, we can be somewhat limited by what ideas we can find in gardening books and magazines that are written and published by those from different climates.  j
For example, I walked into a used bookstore a while ago and was overwhelmed at the size of the gardening section.  Shelves were crammed full of books for those that garden in more temperate regions….most of the content of those books are of little help to the desert gardener, hence the large number of those books being turned in.  
Thankfully, there are a growing number of excellent gardening books that focus specifically on gardening in dry, warm climates such as ours.  **You can view some of my favorites on the sidebar.
There is however, another publication that I look forward to receiving in the mail…. 
I would like to introduce you to one of my favorite publications that not only showcases beautiful desert gardens, but also offers monthly gardening tips and plant profiles.
 Some of you may be very familiar with this wonderful publication, but for those of you who are not, I highly recommend that you grab an issue and get inspired.
I am frequently inspired at the gardens that I see and love to try out new ideas and plant combinations.   In addition to showcasing desert gardens, they also feature wonderful home interiors.  
Okay, now for my giveaway….
I am giving away a free one-year subscription to Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine.  
To enter, please leave a comment at the bottom of this post and that is it 🙂  
I will pick a random winner on October 30th.  
*Please be sure to check back then to see if you have won!
Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, 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."

21 replies
  1. Helen
    Helen says:

    I would love to win! I'm a relatively new follower of your blog (about 2 weeks now) and I'm so happy to have found you. We live in Needles, CA and our climate is very much like yours. You're an inspiration to me :o)

  2. Sophia Callmer
    Sophia Callmer says:

    That would be interesting, a complete different part of the gardenworld.
    Your garden looks just marvellous right now here is raining +3°C nad most plants has frozen away a week ago..
    Autumngreetings from Sweden!

  3. Vanessa
    Vanessa says:

    I frequent your blog often for tips and gardening advice. It would be great to get some tips from Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine as well.

  4. Daughter of the King
    Daughter of the King says:

    I just found you today while searcing for photographs of plants requested by one of my clients. ( My husband and I own a Landscape Maintenance business in Tucson) Your blog is beautiful. I can't wait to read more. And If I win the drawing, I will be blessed agian!

  5. One
    One says:

    Hi Noelle, This is very generous of you. Can I comment 10 times and stand a higher chance to be picked? Just kidding. You know I will come back regardless of giveaways or not. Anyway, I believe this is meant for US Residents only.

  6. Karen
    Karen says:

    I love your blog. I have learnt so much about desert gardening from reading it. I am a snowbird from Canada and have just purchase a home with a garden that backs on to a wash in north Scottsdale earlier this year. I am originally from Australia and enjoyed gardening there before I moved to Canada 23 years ago. I had to learn about gardening in Canada.Now I am learning about desert gardening. I have purchase Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine at the Phoenix Airport and love reading it too. Would love win a year subscription. There lots to learn about gardening and owning a home in the desert. It is really nice to see some familiar Australian plants growing here in the desert.

  7. Rose
    Rose says:

    I can imagine the frustration of a Southwest gardener picking up a magazine full of cottage gardens and lush, green landscapes. But I've been captivated by the beauty of the desert ever since my first visit to Arizona a few years ago. Your photos show some beautiful examples of what can be grown in the desert. And you, Noelle, have done so much to educate readers on the beauties of the Southwest. I'd love to have my name in the drawing, but I really would rather this go to someone living in your area who could really benefit from the ideas in the magazine.

  8. Kate
    Kate says:

    Hi, Noelle;
    What a sweet offer. I don't need to be entered into the drawing as it would just give me another excuse to dream about living in AZ. I love the desert SW and am growing weary of my long, long winters. (We already have snow on the ground.:(

    I just wanted to say hi since I'm catching up on your blog this morning.

  9. Pearl
    Pearl says:

    Love the picture with the purple flowers. Lantana?

    I just found your blog and haven't had a chance to look through it, but have you addressed the issue of rabbits eating all the plants?

  10. Debbie
    Debbie says:

    Oh… I can't remember how or when I found your blog, but it is on my reader now. I also live in Gilbert on an irrigated acre and love when you do posts applicable to me via your SSfarms posts. I love Phx HG, but only buy used copies at Bookmans and would really like a subscription. Thanks for the giveaway. It is a great one!

  11. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Put me in for your drawing! I would love that magazine. I already get Better Homes & Gardens, but not the Phoenix one.

    Polly Beauchamp

  12. Julie
    Julie says:

    Love your blog! I'm always so inspired by you! A subscription to
    Phoenix Home & Garden would just be icing on the cake. Keep up the good work!

  13. Kristine
    Kristine says:

    As a first time homeowner and someone new to gardening (and new to Arizona!), I just love the inspiration that blogs like yours provide. Thank you for your many great tips and ideas! Please enter me into your drawing!

  14. Lisa Taylor
    Lisa Taylor says:

    We moved here from Texas and bought a home in Northern Arizona. The front yard was filled with overgrown sage and an Arizona Ash tree which was planted too close to the house. We removed it all and now have a “clean slate” to begin with a new beautiful landscape BUT we don’t know where to begin! A subscription to the Arizona Home & Garden magazine would be a blessing to get us started planning! Please enter me in the drawing.

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