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Landscape Design Ideas For a Desert Climate

Aug 31, 2022 | Landscape Architecture | 0 comments

Utah is a stunningly diverse state. From lush green mountains and lakes to striking red rocks and desert views, its assorted landforms and vegetation make it an absolutely awe-inspiring place to live. 

While Utah has various climate regions, overall it is one of the driest states in the nation. That’s what makes landscape design in Salt Lake City such a unique undertaking. 

Drier climates do present some distinctive challenges and considerations, but there is so much beauty to behold when you know how to care for your landscape. 

The following are ideas to help you select the best plants, features, and layout for your landscape design in Salt Lake City


Ideas For A Desert Landscape 

  • Rethink your color palette. There may not be as many lush deep greens or bold bright colors but that doesn’t mean it won’t be beautiful. For example, succulents, cacti, wildflowers, and stones bring variation to the design with earthy tones like terra cotta, blues, grays, greens, and purples.
  • Play it up with a variety of cacti and succulents. Agave is one of our favorites!
  • Choose flowering perennials and other plants that are drought-tolerant and flourish in desert gardens. Some of our favorites are sage, rosemary, lavender, and various grasses. 
  • Utilize planters, pots, and raised flower beds. This allows you to nourish and water the soil, and is particularly helpful if the ground is dry or rocky. 
  • Utilize mulch to help keep soil moist. 
  • You can also use gravel and stone in place of mulch or in walkways.
  • Install artificial turf. Traditional lawns can be difficult to maintain and require a lot of watering, so turf is a great way to ensure you always have a lush, green lawn while also conserving water.
  • Build a pergola as a design feature but also a way to add more shade to your garden. 


Landscape Design In Salt Lake City

Our team knows how to work with the soil, light, wind, and extreme temperatures of Utah landscapes to create a space you can enjoy and also be confident in taking care of. 

Contact our team for help with your next residential or commercial project for landscape design in Salt Lake City.

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