I have a major confession to make….


I am a total ‘plant nerd’.


When I mentioned that to my husband, he said “I already knew that” with a smile on his face.


I came upon this revelation when we visited Disneyland last week. 


I had my camera ready to take pictures of the kids enjoying themselves.  But, I found myself stopping to take photos of the beautiful plants, particularly the container plantings.


In the end, I had three times more photos of plants then of my kids….


But in my defense, it is easier to take photos of stationary plants then kids on moving rides (the pictures came out all blurry).

I do have some great container photos (and other plants) to share with you and some of the kids having fun….

Ivy pruned into a topiary surrounded by pansies.

I just love this color contrast, don’t you?

Creative use of different grasses and flowering plants.


Gracie and Kai having fun in ‘ToonTown’

If I had a pretty staircase like this one, I would put container plants along it too!

Icelandic Poppies and Alyssum


Camellias (they don’t do that well in the desert, but they are  pretty just the same).

A three-tiered Azalea

Gracie and Kai got ‘caught’ up in a fisherman’s net along California Adventure’s Fisherman’s Wharf

I love this planting shelf with herb-planted containers.

You don’t have to plant flowers for a pretty container.

Primulas are one of my favorite cool-season annuals.

Italian Cypress pruned into a spiral.

The kids ran into a storm trooper as well as Darth Vader & Darth Maul.

Strawberry Pot planted with succulents.

I love how the ivy trails down the sides of the container.

When we were walking into Disneyland, Gracie told us that the only character she wanted to meet was Mickey Mouse.







To her delight, she saw him three different times 🙂
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."

5 replies
  1. Andrea
    Andrea says:

    Hi Noelle, if i see those plants and flowers, i will also be attracted more to them than the rides. At least you got some of the kids too. I just noticed, it's good you adopted two Chinese kids, so each of them feel they are real brothers and sisters. It might be more noticeable if you have only one.

  2. Jane
    Jane says:

    Oh where to begin…?
    Those Icelandic poppies are just beautiful and that herb garden shelf has inspired me to create my own this summer…so thanks for that! xx

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