Do you like discovering new things?


I do.  Particularly newer plant introductions.  New plant hybrids are always being discovered and I am always on the look out for new ones.  I like to use newer plant introductions in landscapes to help give them a new and updated look. 


Last week, I told you about my partnership with Monrovia plants and selecting two new plants for my garden. 


While shopping at the nursery for plants, there were many different plants to choose from.  As I walked through the nursery, I was tempted by lavender but then a display of Monrovia cacti and succulents caught my eye.


This tiny prickly pear grows 8 inches tall and 24 inches wide.

It looked so cute, I almost reached out to touch it, but stopped myself just in time.

Santa rita and purple prickly pear are among my favorite types of cacti.  I like their blue gray pads touched by purple.  ‘Baby rita’ (Opuntia basilaris ‘Baby Rita’) is a great alternative for smaller areas or you can group 3 of them together.


The next plant I was tempted by was ‘Lucky Crown’ agave (Agave Kissho Kan).  These are small agave that reach 18 inches high and wide.  They have beautiful, variegated leaves with maroon teeth along the edges.

I must admit that I was sorely tempted by both of these plants, but I decided on two different drought tolerant plants.

Have you seen any new plants that you have been tempted by?

To see what two plants I did come home with, click here.
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."

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