Hello! I’m AZ Plant Lady
A horticulturist, landscape consultant, certified arborist, and garden writer who is here to help you create the outdoor space of your dreams using beautiful plants that thrive in a hot, arid climate.
Does the thought of creating a garden in a dry climate, where rain is scarce and sizzling hot, summer temperatures are the norm leave you feeling overwhelmed? Perhaps you feel that rocks and cactus are all that you can have in your garden given our challenging conditions.
If you find yourself longing for lush green plants and a colorful garden, you have come to the right place! Believe it or not, you can have an outdoor space filled with beautiful plants that shrug off our dry heat.
“Gardening in the desert isn’t hard, but it is different.”
You have to unlearn most of what you know about gardening other climates and learn how to garden in a hot, arid climate. The good news is that the new rules aren’t hard to learn and I’m here to teach them to you. Believe me when I say, that I know exactly how you feel because I had to learn myself how to garden in a hot, arid climate and there is a long trail of plants in my wake that has taught me what NOT to do.
Like most people who find themselves living in Arizona, I am not originally from here. In fact, when I moved here as a young bride, I had no idea how to choose plants that would grow here, much less create a lovely garden. In fact, in our first home in Phoenix, I managed to kill the existing rose bushes as well as all of the new plants I had bought on my limited budget! Motivated by my failures, I was determined to learn how to create a beautiful garden, and this is where the roots of “AZ Plant Lady” began over twenty-five years ago.
After finishing up college with a degree in horticulture, I began working for golf courses, because where else would you need a horticulturist in Arizona? I was responsible for everything but the grass, which included hundreds of trees, shrubs, perennials, and yes, even cactus. I had a crew that helped me maintain and plant new areas, but I did a lot of the work myself, which taught me what worked and what didn’t in the desert landscape.
Later, I left the golf course industry to indulge my love of landscape design.
I worked as a landscape designer for a landscape design and install company, working with new home buyers. Then the recession hit and I found little work available as a designer, so I looked for other opportunities to teach people about the limitless possibilities available to them for creating a lovely outdoor space.
In September of 2009, I made my debut as AZ Plant Lady with my first blog post. Blogging was relatively new at the time, and I was excited to have this avenue to communicate my message of how to create fuss-free, beautiful desert gardens.
As Noelle Johnson (my real name), I work as a landscape consultant where I love to help people, like you, learn how to create beautiful, low-maintenance, drought-tolerant landscapes that thrive in low-desert regions and yes, it is possible and much easier than you think.
Since my re-birth as AZ Plant Lady, I have additional opportunities to inspire others to create beautiful landscapes that flourish in our climate. I write for publications, including Houzz and Phoenix Home & Garden magazine, as well as speaking to groups about gardening that are also part of my job, which I enjoy immensely.
As a horticulturist, I am passionate about coming alongside you and taking the ‘mystery’ out of gardening, with simple tools and guidelines so that you can move forward to creating the landscape of your dreams.
So, I invite you to visit regularly and sign up for the latest updates where you will find information and inspiration to create a beautiful outdoor space that will thrive in a hot, arid climate. You can also find me on social media – where you will find information and inspiration to create a beautiful outdoor space that will thrive in a hot, arid climate.Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.