Have you ever found yourself driving through a neighborhood past landscapes planted with the commonly planted lantana and oleander shrubs when you see something completely different that catches your attention?

A few weeks ago, 我离开了客户在北凤凰城的家,踏上了回家的路, 当我开车经过这个美丽的, drought tolerant landscape.  



The corner of the landscape was anchored by an ocotillo whose graceful canes added needed height to the landscape.

Palo brea trees add year round green color and yellow flowers are so set appear later in spring.

Globe mallow(Sphaeralcea ambigua) adds a welcome spot of orange in late winter and into spring and will bloom again in fall.

仙人掌和龙舌兰以其独特的形状增加了巨大的纹理对比. The Argentine giant cactus(Echinopsis candicans) 春天会开出像百合一样的大花.  



几种龙舌兰被用于整个景观,包括 Agave species americana, lophantha and victoria-reginae.  龙舌兰有如此多的颜色和大小可供选择, 几乎所有景观情况都有一个.

Several different cacti are tucked in here and there leading one to want to walk around and discover what else is growing in the garden.

细长的、直立的多肉的茎 candelilla (Euphorbia antisyphilitica) add great texture contrast when planted next to succulents and cacti with thicker leaves/stems.

中心的主要种植区域在一个略高的区域, 这让betway旗舰版下载可以看到后面的植物. Landscape design that creates areas that artfully take center stage and then recede into the background as you walk through, which creates intrigue and heightens the desire to see what else is present in the garden.

drought tolerant landscape

Aloes, 哪种颜色的颜色最好, 分散在整个景观中, 在冬末为春天增添色彩的是什么.

背景是橙色的管状花朵 Mexican honeysuckle(Justicia spicigera) 蜂鸟常年出没.

Variegated agave americana 与双色的叶子形成了鲜明的颜色对比 Indian fig prickly pear(Opuntia ficus-indica) 增加背景高度.  


  我喜欢这条在风景中蜿蜒曲折的不寻常小路.  Golden barrel cacti (Echinocactus grusonii)是否习惯将它们分组为3的效果最大.

Large boulders finish the landscape adding mass and texture while not needing any pruning or water.

It’s important to note that large boulders like this may need heavy equipment to place. 如果你想避免使用重型设备的麻烦和费用, you can place 2 medium-sized boulders next to each other for a similar effect.

这片风景有几处我非常喜欢.  One is how they used a large amount of different plant species without it looking ‘busy’.  Also, instead of laying out the entire landscape where you can see everything from the street, this one leads you on a path of discovery when you are treated to glimpses at what is located further in.


This past week was event filled along with some rather unexpected occurrences for me.  One was that for the first time since early January, my calendar was quite suddenly empty.  I had several landscape consultations scheduled that were cancelled at the last minute by clients and rescheduled for various reasons including a flooded house to a puppy eating a cigar.

It was rather disconcerting to go from trying to keep my head above water to having the gift of extra time on my hands, but I enjoyed it and got some gardening articles finished ahead of looming deadlines.  

granddaughter, Lily

上周也是我丈夫50岁生日的一个里程碑.  We celebrated throughout the week, but one of our favorite outings was breakfast at Joe’s Farm & 和孙女莉莉一起烧烤.

On a sad note, our friend, neighbor and vet passed away unexpectedly on Friday.  He had treated the furry members of our family for 18 years with love and respect.  betway旗舰版下载有幸与他做了15年的邻居.

betway旗舰版下载会怀念他对动物的关爱, seeing him and his wife walk their dogs in the evening and even the lemons he would leave at our door.

在听到他的死讯后, I had a hard time focusing on anything else this weekend and even writing took a backseat – hence the lack of blog posts.  But, it was a blessing to be able to set work aside for few days and let the loss sink in.

My schedule is now filled up again with appointments and the desert is awash in spring color, 花园里什么时候最忙.



Noelle Johnson, aka, “AZ植物女士”是一名园艺师, certified arborist, 景观顾问,帮助人们学习如何创造, grow, 并保持美丽的沙漠花园在炎热的天气中茁壮成长, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101和她每月的会员俱乐部, 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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