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Ashleigh Smith

Mar 21
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Water Wise Gardening

What is water wise gardening? It is the practice of gardening with plants that can handle increasing temperatures with lower water requirements in response to continuing strain on water availability. 

Here in Utah we are making an effort to be more conscious about how we use or waste water. By using more water wise plants in your landscape you can still enjoy your view while being more conservative. Don’t worry, making the switch to water wise practices won’t make your yard look like a mountain side. Instead, you will likely see more pollinators helping your food producing plants flourish.

For information about how you can adapt your space we would recommend visiting our friends at the Conservation Garden Park with Wasatch Gardens or Utah States Botanical Gardens. These institutions and organizations provide reliable sources and ideas for adapting your space.

If you live in an extremely dry climate you may want to specifically seek out plants friendly to Xeriscaping. These plants are specifically able to handle dry climates which usually correlate with hot temperatures. They will also require watering less often as these plants are native to many desert areas.

Xeric Plants:

  • Artimesia
  • Jupiter’s Beard
  • Sea Holly
  • Iris
  • Lavender
  • Catnip
  • Russian Sage
  • Salvia

Water Wise Plants: 

  • Aster
  • Honeysuckle Vine
  • Cone Flower
  • Gro-low Sumac
  • Lemon Balm
  • Shasta Daisy
  • Blue Flax
Ashleigh Smith's photo

I'm Ashleigh Smith, a native to Northern Utah. I first gained a love of gardening with my grandmother as I helped her each summer. I decided to make a career of it and have recently graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture from Brigham Young University - Idaho. My studies have focused on plant production while I also have experience in Nursery & Garden Center Operations.


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