The vibrant flowers of firecracker penstemon (Penstemon eatoni) add a welcome splash of color during winter and into spring.

People often ask me to post more photographs of my garden on my blog.  I must confess that I am sometimes reluctant to do so as I wonder if they expect a ‘perfect’ garden – one that is meticulously maintained and expertly designed.  

However, I decided that would show you my garden, even if it bursts a few bubbles of what people expect it to look like.  

The yellow flowers of angelita daisy contrast with the cool colors of purple and white trailing lantana. Gopher plants (Euphorbia rigida) are getting ready to produce chartreuse-colored flowers.

The landscape that surrounds my home reflects my love for plants that add beauty without needing much attention from me.  I don’t tend to rake or blow my leaves and the plants are allowed to grow into their natural shapes without much interference from me. 

The fragrant blossoms of feathery cassia (Senna artemisiodes) add visual warmth to the winter landscape.

That is important because I am usually so busy helping others with their landscapes, that I often don’t have enough time to fuss over mine.  Pruning once, or at most, twice a year is my standard of a fuss-free plant.

I love color  throughout all seasons.  So, you are just as likely to find as much color in my winter garden as in the summer.

Green desert spoon (Dasylirion texanum) add spiky texture contrast to the landscape.

As for the design of my garden, horticulturists are by nature, collectors of plants.  This means that we likely to include many different kinds of plants – often more than you would see in a well-designed garden.  

I do enjoy designing landscapes and have done my best in designing my own garden, while incorporating a large variety of plants.  

The leafless canes of an ocotillo will soon leaf out with the arrival of spring.

I’ve always felt that a garden should reflect the owner’s personality while also enhancing the exterior of their home.  Mine shows my love for color and low-maintenance beauty.

What does your garden reveal about you?

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."

10 replies
  1. Cheryl Ann
    Cheryl Ann says:

    My garden reflects that I’m a creative person. NO straight lines. Yellows next to blues and purples…I just plant what I want. You would probably pull out your hair, but I’m happy with it! I have birds, hummingbirds, and even an occasional rabbit come to visit! I’m content…I also have a vegetable garden out back.
    ~Cheryl Ann~ (near Palm Springs)

  2. Robin Leja
    Robin Leja says:

    You are certainly on the right track, when you say a garden should reflect the owner’s desires and wants, regardless of whether or not the “rules” are followed! I try to follow that same philosphy.

  3. FlowerLady
    FlowerLady says:

    I loved seeing your gardens! Love the feathery cassia, have never seen that around here. Is it a desert plant?

    My gardens are a tropical cottage jungle. 🙂 Not maintenance free.

    Thanks for sharing the beauty that surrounds your home ~ FlowerLady

  4. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    One of the things I love about Arizona landscapes, including yours, is that ‘less is more’. Something I seem incapable of doing myself even though I try hard. This comes with less maintenance. When will I learn?

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