Utah State University Cooperative Extension
Urban and suburban landscapes present special challenges concerning shrub selection in Utah. Due to our distinctive climate, shrubs must be able to withstand intense sunlight, low relative humidity, drying winds, and limited seasonal precipitation. Additionally, landscapes may also have shady locations and areas of high moisture that create unique situations. This means that ideally before purchasing shrubs, a person should research suitable species adapted to the specific location where they will be planted. Even with the unique conditions that challenge shrub species, many still perform well and should be used more often in the landscape. They soften architectural structures, provide screens for privacy, and add unique variety to the landscape with their various forms, colors and textures.
Beddes, Taun; Gunnell, JayDee; Kratsch, Heidi; and Hefelbower, Rick, "Shrub Selection for Utah Landscapes" (2010). CWEL Extension Fact Sheets. Paper 16.