|Tiered beds of varied sagebrush and other native plants|
Our average yearly precipitation (rain and snowfall) is 6-7 inches. The arid, high altitude climate is characterized by cold winters (Dec-Jan night time temps can drop into the minus teens, but our usual sunny days see temps raise into the mid-twenties or higher) and a few hot, summer days mid to late July highs rise above ninety degrees combined with cool, comfortable nights). But weather in our Intermountain West region is variable. We sometimes get a 'January thaw' that provides a welcome relief or have a summer season with few hot days. We very seldom need or use air conditioning.
|Young and old Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).|
|Indian rice grass was already growing here; added the desert holly.|
Before we built the house, we had Lavar Wells (Besides drilling water wells, Lavar has other well known skills) and crew drill a water well that can be used sparingly for landscape plants, but we recognize that water is an expensive and limited resource. After building, we turned attention to the landscape surrounding the high desert house and considered the available water. Two terms became prominent in our thinking and plans - - xeriscaping and native plants. Xeriscaping refers to using methods in landscape design to minimize use of water.
|Munro's Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea munroana); |
some locals call it stinkweed.
Kuhns, Michael (Rev. May 2008). Conifers of Utah. Utah State University Extension.
Plants from Wild Utah
Weeds and Wildflowers (Utah)
|One of ten Blue Spruce (Picea pungens) that we planted as near twigs.|
Fremont River Conservation District
Fremont, UT 84773
Phone: (435) 681-0303
Before building, we cleared most of the dead limbs and trees off the property. This fuels reduction was done to lessen the threat of a forest fire, and because our lot is adjacent to the National Forest, it was a required process (Assisted by an in-kind federal grant, administrated by Utah Forestry, Fire and State Lands / UT Dept of Natural Resources). Once the dead limbs and trees were removed, we had a large area away from the house with very little cover. Each spring, our local paper (The Insider) has an article about tree stock that can be purchased via the Fremont River Conservation District. Not all are native plants; however we ordered and received 10 Blue Spruce that are native to our area. Very affordable price but the stock arrives as very small plants. With a drip line installed and regular watering through the dry months, all of them have grown well. Watch for the article in the paper; offered once a year.
Great Basin Natives
Have not visited the nursery or purchased anything from there; have talked with them on phone. Plan to stop by sometime when in the area.
75 West 300 South
Holden, UT 84636
High Country Gardens in Santa Fe, NM
Ordered several orange Globe Mallow wildflowers online; lost some of them over the winter, rest are thriving and spreading.
Rugged Country Plants
Janet (owner) requests that people call ahead first. Phone: 435-527-1234 She is also an excellent source of information about native plants and landscaping.