Content tagged "residential landscape areas"

Plants for Water-Wise Pollinator Gardens: Parsley (Petroselinium species)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Black swallowtail butterfly larvae feeding on curly leaf parsley Photo credit: Marc Dufour Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0 Carrot or Parsley Family (Apiaceae /...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Globe Thistle (Echinops ritro)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Globe thistle plants Photo credit: Brian Rosen Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Aster or Composite family (Asteraceae / Compositae)EchinopsHerbaceous perennial...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Blue Flax (Linum lewisi, Linum perenne)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Blue flax (Linum Lewissi) plants growing in a garden landscape Photo source: outdoorPDK Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Flax family (Linaceae)  Lewis flax, Blue...

Plants for Water-Wise Pollinator Gardens: Beardtongue (Penstemon species)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Until recently, penstemons belong to the Figwort or Snapdragon family (Scrophulariaceae).  Penstemons are now classified in the Plantain (Plantaginacea)...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Rocky Mountain Bee Plant (Cleome serrulata Pursh)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Caper Family (Capparaceae)Rocky Mountain bee plant Stinking-clover Bee spiderflower Toothed spider-flower Stink weed Skunk weedRocky mountain bee plant...

Water Conservation for the Small Fruit and Berry Garden

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Berries and small fruits can be fun and rewarding to grow. Strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, currants, blackberries, blueberries, and grapes are...

Problems with Parking (Park) Strips

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Maintenance issues are the biggest problems with parking strips. Municipalities have the right-of-way in park strips, however, homeowners are responsible for...

Plant Selection for Water-Wise Shrub Beds

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Juniper draped over a fence. Water-Wise junipers (Juniperis, spp.) are available in a variety of shapes, sizes, textures, and colors and are native to many...

Alpine Gardens

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Alpine gardens are designed with plants that grow in high mountain elevations around the world. Due to harsh growing conditions and a short growing season,...

Water Conserving Rock Gardens

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

A rock garden in the desert Southwest Photo credit: Susan BufflerLow growing compact alpine plants are perfect for a rock garden. Photo credit: Susan...

Ornamental Grasses for Water-Wise Landscapes

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Blue oat grass (Helicotrichon semprivirens) makes a bold statement in a water-wise landscape. Photo credit: Josh S. Jackson, Flickr CC BY-NC...

Raised Beds for Water Wise Landscapes

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: September 22, 2015

Raised bed gardening is a system of gardening where planting beds are raised above the surrounding soil. The height of the bed depends on the objectives for...

Water Conserving Groundcovers for Shrub and Perennial Beds

Groundcovers are simply plants that are used to cover an area of bare ground. Although groundcovers are generally considered creeping or spreading plants,...

Designing Shrub Bed Areas With Water Conservation in Mind

General information on using shrubs in the landscape. Source: Nebraska ExtensionShrubs are very versatile and provide functional and visual benefits in...

Water-Wise Pollinator Gardens

Interpretive sign for the Water Wise Pollinator    Garden at Utah State University (USU) Image source: USU Water Wise Garden, Planting for Pollinators...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus and Cosmos bipinnatus)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: February 02, 2015

Bee visiting Cosmos flower Photo credit: CatDancing FLickr CC BY-NC 2.0Blooms and delicate foliage ofCosmos bipinnatus Photo credit:Bruno...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Sunflower (Helianthus annuus)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: February 02, 2015

Bees visiting sunflower Photo credit: Gregspace Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0Field of sunflowers Photo credit: Dean Ayers Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0Aster Family...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: February 02, 2015

Bee visits Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia) flower Photo credit: Christine Majul Flickr CC  BY 2.0Black-eyed Susan plant Photo credit: Jodi Grundig...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Garden: Ninebark (Physocarpus species)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 29, 2015

Rose Family (Rosaceae)  Mallow or Mallow-leaved ninebark (P. malvaceus), Common or Eastern ninebark (P. opufolius)  There are several native ninebark...

Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Creeping mahonia (Mahonia repens, Berberis repens, Berberis aquifolium var. repens)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 26, 2015

Creeping mahonia in bloom Photo credit: Bryant Olsen Flickr CC BY-NC 2.0Barberry Family (Berberidaceae)  Ash barberry Creeping barberry Creeping...

Water Conservation Practices for Vegetable Gardens

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: January 05, 2015

Ornamental plant varieties can be chosen based upon water use. Grass can be allowed to go dormant during dry seasons. However, choices for low water...

Xeric Gardens (Water-Wise)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: December 09, 2014

Drought tolerant plants, gravel mulch, and walls were used to create this water conserving landscape. Photo credit: teofilo Flickr CC BY 2.0Xeric gardening...

Woodland Gardens

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: December 09, 2014

Bigtooth maples in a natural open mountain brush setting in the western US. S.J.Quinney Flickr CC BY-NC-SA 2.0shade tolerant plants in a woodland garden in...

Water Garden Design and Water Conservation

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: December 01, 2014

A water garden is an area in the landscape where water is used as a design feature. Water gardens can be any size; however,  it is important that the water...

Water Features: Conserving Water

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape Updated: December 01, 2014

Water in the landscape can create a soothing feeling, mask unwanted noise, and provide water for bees, birds, and butterflies. Water features can include...

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