I help desert-dwellers learn how to create, grow, and maintain a beautiful desert garden.


"Gardening in the desert isn't hard, it's just different."


Click below for online opportunities to learn about how to garden in a hot, dry climate.


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Have you ever faced water-use restrictions and worried about how you can still grow a beautiful, productive landscape? Let my newest book, The Water-Smart Garden show you how!

As freshwater shortages increasingly strike regions around the globe, it’s more important than ever to employ water-conserving practices in the garden. Whether your landscape is filled with shrubs and perennials or fruits and vegetables, in The Water-Smart Garden, you’ll learn dozens of techniques to limit water use while growing a gorgeous and thriving garden. Not only will you learn how to make smart plant choices and improve the water-holding capacity of your soil, you’ll learn xeriscaping techniques, drought-tolerant growing tips, and plant care advice to make the most of low-water situations. Also includes information on:

- Harvesting and redistributing rainwater in cisterns and rain barrels

- Employing methods like ollas and drip irrigation to target water directly to plant roots

- Being more water-efficient in the vegetable garden by using mulches and targeted irrigation

- Planting containers that require less-frequent watering

- Replacing a lawn with more drought-resilient plants

- Building swales and berms to redirect water to where it’s needed

My book helps make it easy to save water and still have a resilient, attractive, and low-maintenance landscape.

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Learn How to Garden the Right Way in a Dry Climate!

In my award-winning book,  Dry Climate Gardening, I deliver all the know-how you need to grow a breathtaking, colorful, and vibrant garden in low-water conditions.

Gardening in an arid climate doesn’t have to mean a yard full of rocks with a few cacti plunked in. With careful plant selection and thoughtful design, you can create a low-water landscape that’s an oasis for humans and wildlife alike. There are hundreds of plants well-suited to xeric conditions, and with the proper care, they create a living desert landscape that will stop passersby in their tracks. Let Dry Climate Gardening be your guide to crafting a climate-appropriate outdoor living space that’s the envy of the neighborhood, whether you live in the American Southwest, the Mediterranean region, or any other arid climate.

With water restrictions and the number of gardeners dealing with drought conditions on the rise, we all need to get more creative in the way we grow. Water-wise landscaping is a must for millions of gardeners. In Dry Climate Gardening, you’ll learn how to do it with care and style. #ad

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About Noelle Johnson

Hello! I’m Noelle Johnson – horticulturist, landscape consultant, instructor and author. I help desert-dwellers learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful landscapes that thrive in a hot, arid climate.

When I meet with most people, they assume that I have a ‘natural’ green thumb and that desert gardening comes easily for me. However, they are often surprised to find that wasn’t initially true.

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.

"Gardening in the Desert Isn't Hard, It's Just Different"

I share my experience and expertise as a horticulturist and landscape consultant who has helped desert dwellers like you learn how to create, grow, and maintain a beautiful outdoor space, filled with plants that thrive in a hot, dry climate. We get into the "dirt on gardening in the desert!"

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