Are you planting perennials that require low amounts of water? With our current drought situation in Utah, a great way to reduce water usage is to remove parts of the lawn and install xeriscape plantings. Many areas of the state will probably come under water restrictions in 2021. The good news is that there are plants that will provide colorful flowers and greenery that don't need a lot of water. A great choice for Utah gardeners looking to create areas of xeriscape and drought tolerant flower beds is Coreopsis. There are several varieties that are hardy on the Wasatch Front; Coreopsis lanceolate (lanceleaf), Coreopsis verticillata 'Moonbeam" and Coreopsis verticillata 'Zagreb'. Lanceleaf will bloom all summer and fall if you cut off the spent flowers. Zagreb and moonbeam will bloom early to mid summer.
|Coreopsis 'moonbeam' - a great choice for the waterwise garden|
|Coreopsis - lanceleaf, flowers all summer with deadheading|