Plant Shopping

I would rather shop for plants then clothes.  Seriously….

So, I was so excited when it was finally time to buy the plants for our front landscape renovation.

My husband came with me (he usually does, because I am known to buy more plants then what is on my list).  My nephew, Kenny, also came with us because he loves to garden.

Plant Shopping for our front landscape renovation

Plant Shopping for our front landscape renovation

Because we were only renovating part of the front landscape, we didn’t have to buy a lot of plants.

I did purchase both purple and white trailing lantana, white gaura and gopher plant for the front garden and Arizona yellow bells and pink trumpet vine for the back garden.

Okay, I also bought a plant that wasn’t on my list – my husband left my side for 5 minutes, so it really wasn’t my fault 😉  But, I just couldn’t resist the fragrance of the pink jasmine vine and I have the perfect place for it (right next to my new vegetable garden, where it can grow along the fence).

Have you ever bought a plant that wasn’t on your list?

Whenever you have to buy many different plants; you usually will have to go to more then one nursery.

Plant Shopping for our front landscape renovation

 The nursery we visited didn’t have the desert marigold I wanted, which can be hard to find.  I also didn’t like the look of the 24″ box Desert Museum Palo Verde trees, so we bought a 15-gallon.

I realize that our new tree looks like a green stick with some leaves glued on it.  But, this type of palo verde grows very fast.

I also have a single desert marigold growing in my front garden and  they grow easily from seed.  So, I will just collect some seeds and plant them instead of searching other nurseries for the plants.

The front garden is progressing well.  We have added the boulders, have almost finished planting and have installed the drip-irrigation.

I am planting an octopus agave that I grew from a ‘pup’ and have also planted some of my artichoke agave pups.

Next, is to add the flagstone step stones and finally the gravel.

It will be so nice to be finished.

We did take a break this past week for a family gathering at Double S Farms….

twin nephews

My sister, Jennifer and I just love spending time with our twin nephews.  Before we know it, they will be too big for us to hold anymore 🙂


I have a lot to share with you this coming week.

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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."
5 replies
  1. Deane
    Deane says:

    I'm with you – I'd MUCH rather go plant shopping than clothes shopping. Shopping for plants never makes me feel fat! 🙂

  2. garage equipment
    garage equipment says:

    Some people gardening is their hobbies. They love to plant different kind of plants and vegetables. The flowers will give different color on our backyard. Vegetables gives us fresh foods.

  3. Indie
    Indie says:

    So much fun playing in the dirt and garden planning. I agree, buying plants is much more fun than buying clothes! And I come back with more plants than I plan on way too often..

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