I have a confession to make.  I don’t have any containers filled with flowering annuals.  There are a few reasons for this, but I tend to prefer low-maintenance plantings that look great all year.  I don’t have much patience for high-maintenance containers, filled with plants that need frequent irrigation, deadheading of spent flowers only having to change them out seasonally – although, I do think they are lovely to look at.

Perhaps my inclination to avoid planting flowering annuals in my own garden has to do with the fact that I used to be in charge of 45+ pots, each filled with colorful flowers when I worked as a horticulturist on a golf course.  

I even broke my foot when I tripped off a curb, while loading flats of flowers. 

So, it may not come as a surprise that I prefer using perennials and flowering shrubs along with succulents in my pots.


Victoria Agave ‘Compacta’

Agaves are some of my favorite succulent plants and the smaller species do very well in containers.



I recently came up with a list of my ten favorite small agaves for Houzz that are suitable for growing in pots.

I hope you enjoy it and find one that is perfect for you!

I hope your summer is going well.  I’ve been hibernating indoors in the comfort of air-conditioning.  

Please check back in a few days as I will have a new post about what I’ve been cooking in the kitchen 🙂
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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