Utah State University Extension
A landscape design should meet the needs of the people who will use and maintain the area while incorporating the site’s existing environmental conditions into the design. Water is a limiting resource in Utah, so designing the landscape to efficiently use water is important. Conserving water in the landscape can be accomplished by selecting low water use plants, designing and scheduling irrigation systems efficiently, grouping plants according to their water requirements, and using hardscaping materials (patios, stone paths, decks, etc.) appropriately to reduce the area requiring irrigation.
Cerny, Teresa; Kopp, Kelly L.; Wolf, Maggie; and Amundsen, Debbie, "Designing a Low Water Use Landscape" (2002). All Current Publications. Paper 893.