Foothills

Here are three examples of residential properties in foothill locations. The soils can vary from sandy to loamy but most will tend to have alkaline pH. Native plants are suited for these conditions. These clients have chosen to water supplementary only once weekly, every three weeks, or not at all. We also have to consider that some native plants are food sources for wildlife. We protect young plants until they can withstand some browsing. 

 
  YEAR 1    Plants that go in small save money and can develop deeper roots more quickly. Here, we have planted native cactus, firecracker penstemon, broom snakeweed, arrowleaf balsamroot, evening primrose, and sulfur buckwheat.   

YEAR 1

Plants that go in small save money and can develop deeper roots more quickly. Here, we have planted native cactus, firecracker penstemon, broom snakeweed, arrowleaf balsamroot, evening primrose, and sulfur buckwheat. 

  YEAR 2    Plants have doubled in size and some will bloom, such as the firecracker penstemon and evening primrose.    

YEAR 2

Plants have doubled in size and some will bloom, such as the firecracker penstemon and evening primrose.

 

  YEAR 3    With this garden being watered once weekly, plants are blooming, self-propagating, and filling in the space. 

YEAR 3

With this garden being watered once weekly, plants are blooming, self-propagating, and filling in the space. 

  YEAR 1    Here is a good example of lawn removal before we started the xeriscape. After, we added some topsoil to create small berms and brought in some ornamental stone.    

YEAR 1

Here is a good example of lawn removal before we started the xeriscape. After, we added some topsoil to create small berms and brought in some ornamental stone.

 

  YEAR 2    Watering started mid-May, every other week. Plants include native buckwheats, globemallow, evening primrose, flax, hotrock penstemon, silver sagebrush, and broom snakeweed.

YEAR 2

Watering started mid-May, every other week. Plants include native buckwheats, globemallow, evening primrose, flax, hotrock penstemon, silver sagebrush, and broom snakeweed.

  YEAR 3    This xeriscape will continue to be watered every 3 weeks through the summer. Even though the drip line is visible here, it can easily be buried.    

YEAR 3

This xeriscape will continue to be watered every 3 weeks through the summer. Even though the drip line is visible here, it can easily be buried.

 

  YEAR 1    This hill had erosion problems, so we hydroseeded with native grasses and planted native foothills shrubs: sagebrush, rabbitbrush, bitterbrush. Client's preference was to design so there would be no future supplementary watering.    

YEAR 1

This hill had erosion problems, so we hydroseeded with native grasses and planted native foothills shrubs: sagebrush, rabbitbrush, bitterbrush. Client's preference was to design so there would be no future supplementary watering.

 

  YEAR 2    Temporary drip lines were installed to help grasses and shrubs through the first summer.    

YEAR 2

Temporary drip lines were installed to help grasses and shrubs through the first summer.

 

  YEAR 3    Drip lines have been removed and plants are really filling in. No more water bill for this garden!    

YEAR 3

Drip lines have been removed and plants are really filling in. No more water bill for this garden!