a project by lisa burford®

what's blooming

Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia) native plant
Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) native plant
Firecracker Beardtongue (Penstemon eatonii) native plant
Desert Alyssum (Alyssum desertorum)introduced herb
Silver Torch (Cleistocactus strausii)cactus
Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata) native plant
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)Mediterranean
Bladderpod (Peritoma arborea)native plant
Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) Cactus
Cat's Tongue (Bahiopsis parishii) native plant
Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii) Southern California native plant
Fremont Pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii) native plant
Chocolate Flower (Berlandiera lyrata) Southwestern native plant
Century Plant (Agave americana) Mexico and Texas native agave

Scaly-stemmed Sand Plant (Pholisma arenarium) native plant
Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) Texas & Mexico native plant
Dune Evening Primrose (Oenothera deltoides) native plant
Desert globemallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua) native plant
Green cloud sage (Leucophyllum frutescens) Texas and Mexico native plant
Silver-leaf Cassia (Cassia phyllodenia) Australian
Chuparosa (Justicia californica) native plant
French Lavender (Lavandula 'dentata') Mediterranean
Desert Dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata) native plant
Yellow Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia gilliesii) South American
Graythorn (Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens) native plant
Desert Chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana) native plant

and a few bellyflowers including:

Desert heron's bill (Erodium texanum A. Gray) native plant
Desert rock pea (Lotus rigidus) native plant
Pale primrose (Camissonia pallida) native plant

the gardens

native plants

This is the most important focus of the Mojave Garden. We try to plant as many native plants as we can. While we do have focused areas where there are only Mojave Desert natives, they are also planted throughout the other gardens as well.

Newly added in 2021: Penstemon eatonii, Cylindropuntia ramosissima, Dudleya saxosa ssp. aloides, and Prunus ilicifolia - thank you Mojave Desert Land Trust!

Some of the other native plants found in the Mojave Garden are: Joshua Trees, Mojave Yucca, Creosote, Rabbitbrush, Quail Bush, Desert Milkweed, Cat's Tongue, Brittlebush, Smoke Trees, Desert Globemallow, Echinocereus engelmannii (hedgehog cactus), Chuparosa, Palo Verdes, Desert Marigolds, Cylindropuntia echinocarpa (silver cholla), Opuntia basilaris var. basilaris (beavertail pricklypear), Graythorn, Desert Chia Sage, Ocotillo, Washingtonia filifera, Desert Chicory, Coyote Melon, White Sage, Desert Senna, Four Wing Saltbush, Desert Willow, Paperbag Bush, Datura, Desert Parsley, Desert Dandelion, Desert Primrose, and a variety of desert wildflowers that bloom in Spring and Summer.


The Veggie Garden is where we grow our vegetables and herbs. Originally an in-ground 3 bed garden, in 2021 the veggie patch moved into a smaller, stock tank garden and a few pots. This move was to conserve more water, make it easier to move plants in and out of sun as the seasons changed, and make a more ecologically-friendly way to keep critters out!


The edible fruit bearing plants growing in Mojave Garden are: Wonderful Pomegranates, Jujube, Plum, Brown Turkey Fig, Prunus Ilicifolia, Assorted Pricklypear, Thompson Seedless Grape, Blueberry bush, and Raspberry bush. We have tried other trees, but they did not survive because of our in our desert soil, our colder winters, or our low-watering methods.

cacti & succulents

Perhaps the garden with the most variety, some of the cacti and succulents we have growing are: Opuntia microdasys (Bunny ear), Devil's Tongue, Saguaro, String of Bananas, Spruce Cone Cholla, Tephrocactus articulatus (Paper Spine), Golden Barrels, Opuntia Snow, Opuntia rhondatha 'Snowball', String of Pearls, Jade, Elephant's Food, many agaves and aloes, Peanut cactus, San Pedro, and Santa Rita.



Various potted succulentsNew Plants from MDLT Spring Sale

April 29, 2021

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April 14, 2021

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July 17, 2020

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Water Wednesdays

Most Wednesdays Spring through Summer, Occasionally During the Winter Months

Watch our Instagram Stories for the relaxing task of watering the plants.

Who's behind Mojave Garden?

I'm Lisa Burford, and it would be misleading to point Mojave Garden's growth to just me. I live in the town of Joshua Tree with my husband, Sean, who is really my mentor when it comes to everything desert garden. While I'm originally a Midwesterner, he's a life-long desert rat. He has a family history of gardening and growing all sorts of cacti and desert plants.

In contrast, my family grew water-loving plants in our Chicagoland home gardens and planted a small forest in northern Wisconsin. While I could bury an iris bulb and leave it alone to sprout repeatedly every year, I had little knowledge of caring for desert gardens.

It wouldn't be until we bought our home in 2012 that I got my first taste of planning, building, growing, and caring for an entire yard of gardens. We started from a graded lot left from the previous owner and have been working hard to create a beautiful habitat for the wildlife visitors we love that supports pollinators and thrives on little-to-no irrigated water.

I work from my home studio and get to be surrounded and inspired by Mojave Garden every day. I focus on design for ethical, purpose-driven people. This means creating branding, websites, illustrations, and graphic design for businesses that are focused on limiting their negative impact on the planet as well as using ethical marketing methods to connect with their customers. I love to work with gardeners and plant-enthusiast people, so if you're in need of a eco-friendly website, unique illustrations, or eco-conscious graphic graphic design and consult, feel free to contact me.

Lisa Burford, a woman with shoulder length blonde hair and wearing sunglasses, kneels next to a Cleveland Sage shrub. She is slightly touching one of the flower stalks and sniffing the scent.

Lisa Burford in 2019's Mojave Garden