Unique Containers: Day 6 – These Boots Aren’t Just for Walking


A couple of years ago, I visited a beautiful winery in upstate New York.

I must admit that I was more interested in the gardens that surrounded the winery than the wine itself.  

The gardens were filled with a variety of perennials and even a prickly pear cactus that thrived in despite the frigid winters.  

But, it was this unique planter that caught me eye…

prickly pear cactus

These old boots were filled with hen & chicks succulents that sit amid flowering thyme.

I don’t know about you, but I have never thought of an old pair of shoes as a plant container.  I must admit that I really like it, how about you?

You can see more about my visit to this beautiful garden as well as other adventures in upstate New York, here.

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."
3 replies
  1. dryheatblog
    dryheatblog says:

    Ha! Except here, there would be no green growth or algae on the boots outside. My sister in the foothills west of Denver might like this for her area…looks the same.

  2. Brenda
    Brenda says:

    I am from Upstate New York in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. I adore the boots with hens & chicks. I was curious where you visited.

    I am fairly new to the desert plants and love visiting your blog to get neat ideas for designing my garden spaces.


  3. arizonaplantlady@gmail.com
    arizonaplantlady@gmail.com says:

    Hi Brenda,

    The Finger Lakes region was my favorite part of that trip. We visited back in 2012, starting in Columbus, Ohio and driving through western PA and ended up in New Hampshire. I took the photo of the boots and hens & chicks at the Anthony Road Wine Company.

    Welcome to desert gardening!

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