Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sagebrush - Waterwise and Ornamental!

Sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) is one of the most ubiquitous native plants of the west.  It is fragrant and beautiful in wild places - mountains, plains, foothills and deserts.  Sagebrush is a symbolic and defining feature of the Western American landscape.  We don't often think of it as a home landscape plant to be used in an urban or sub-urban setting.  However, I recently saw this sagebrush in a residential front yard,  right here in the Salt Lake Valley.  As you can see, it has been pruned into a very interesting shape - like a small tree.  Being a sagebrush, it needs no extra water other that what falls from the sky.  I love to see natives used in creative ways as ornamentals!
Sagebrush grown as an ornamental in Salt Lake Valley


Sagebrush growing in a home landscape in Utah

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