Utah State University Extension recently released “Combinations for Conservation.” The landscaping book provides over 100 tried-and-true plant combinations discovered in gardens throughout the intermountain west. Design issues such as dry shade and hot planting strips are addressed, and the book is organized so that plant combinations are grouped together by water requirements. There are also tips throughout the book about conserving water and efficient irrigation.
Authors are USU Extension plant and landscape specialists Adrea Wheaton, Larry Rupp, David Anderson, Paul Johnson, Roger Kjelgren, Kelly Kopp, Anne Spranger, and William Varga.
“There are many plant books that list a variety of drought-tolerant plants suitable for water-conserving landscapes,” said Wheaton. “However, many homeowners are often intimidated by the information and unsure of how to put them together. This book is designed to give homeowners and designers the confidence to create beautiful, low-water landscapes.”
The book costs $25 and is available through USU Extension at extension.cart.usu.edu and at many county extension offices throughout Utah.