What are natives?
Native plants are the plants that were growing here in the Intermountain West long before European settlers arrived on the scene. Over thousands of years, they have adapted to the climatic extremes and varied conditions of the region. They are the plants that are at home here. The wealth of diversity found in the native flora is endless. Natives have delightful fragrances, unusual foliage, and interesting growth forms as well as respond to minimal care with an abundance of beautiful flowers.
Why use natives?
Utah is the second most arid state in the nation, yet we consume more water per capita than any other state. Developing new sources of water is expensive for taxpayers and disastrous to watersheds and wildlife habitats. It is more cost effective and responsible to change the way we use water. We can greatly reduce the amount of water used in landscapes by following simple steps in designing and maintaining our landscape.
Why do natives work?
Utah environments range widely, from the hot desert in the extreme southern portion of the state to alpine tundra of the high mountain ranges. The corresponding diversity in plant material means Utah gardeners can enjoy a greater variety of trees, shrubs and wildflowers than they ever imagined. Because natives are at home in the landscape, they do well in our dry, alkaline soils and use resources efficiently. They do not suffer from pests and diseases and rarely need extra fertilizer. And because natives look their best with little or no extra water, they are a natural choice for water conservation. Once established, they are long-lived and require little maintenance. Natives work not only for environmental reasons, but for historical reasons as well. People who choose to incorporate natives in their landscapes are helping to preserve their natural heritage while conserving a natural resource.
Your sustainable landscape is wildlife-friendly…
Concerned citizens are becoming more interested in designing regional landscapes that are environmentally friendly and act as extensions of the surrounding native plant communities. By designing more landscapes with a diverse community of native plants, we create corridors that provide food and cover that enables wildlife to migrate through the landscape. These native animals have evolved together with the plants and coexist with them in mutually beneficial relationships and communities depend on our responsible action for their preservation.