Landscaping on the New Frontier: Waterwise Design for the Intermountain West
Landscaping on the New Frontier teaches the reader how to use natural landscapes to inspire individually designed landscape--around a business or a home and a yard. Included are design principles, practical ideas, and strong examples of what some homeowners have already done to convert traditional "bluegrass" landscapes into ones that are more expressive of the West. Landscaping on the New Frontier also offers an approach to irrigation that minimizes the use of supplemental water yet ensures the survival of plants during unusually dry periods. The book demonstrates how to combine ecological principles with design principles to create beautiful home landscapes that require only minimal resources to maintain. In the Mountain West, a place of rugged terrain and long-term droughts, it is time for a new kind of pioneering. Rather than continuing to mimic the moist English garden in our home landscapes--and spend substantial resources on maintenance--it's time to celebrate the unique attributes of where we live. Landscaping on the New Frontier demonstrates how to create a striking home or office landscape that reflects the place we live, in both its roughness and it subtleties. The starting point, the inspiration, lies in the rich array of plants, patterns and process around us: on the mountainsides, in the deserts, salt flats and canyons, in the valleys and along the meandering streams.
Utah State University Press
Great Basin, native plant gardening, natural landscaping, landscape irrigation
Meyer, Susan E., Roger K. Kjelgren, Darrel G. Morrison, William A. Varga and Betina Schultz. Landscaping on the New Frontier: Waterwise Design for the Intermountain West, Logan: Utah State University Press, 2009.