9 Native Utah Plants to Use in a Commercial Property

Deciding which plants to use on your commercial property can be daunting. You don’t want to choose things that are too high maintenance, but you also want your landscape to be beautiful! One of the easiest ways to choose a great plant is to make sure that it’s native to Utah. This will make it accustomed to the elements, and will help it feel right at home without a ton of extra maintenance. 

If you want to learn about some native Utah plants that will go great with your commercial property, take a look at the information below!

Cercis occidentalis (Western Redbud)

If you’re looking to add a pop of color to your landscape, Western Redbuds are the way to go. These trees are small, deciduous, colorful, and pollinator-friendly. Their blooms are magenta during the summer and turn into an attractive gold color in the fall. These would be a great option for small garden areas or to adorn your front walkway.

Agastache urticifolia (Nettleleaf Giant Hyssop)

Nettleleaf Giant Hyssop plants are a great option if you want to create an effortless prairie somewhere on your property. These herbaceous plants are native to the western U.S and can tolerate the alkaline soil conditions Utah usually offers. Hyssop is easy to keep alive, and is a great filler for any area you want to keep low maintenance and blooming!

Festuca rubra (Red Fescue)

Red Fescue is a really great grass option for a natural look with a little bit of color. It can be used as turf grass, but can also be grown out to fill in gaps and create a meadow or fill in a plant bed. One of the benefits of Red Fescue is that it’s drought tolerant, and friendly to wildlife in the area! 

Populus fremontii (Western Cottonwood)

Western Cottonwood is a very popular tree throughout the state of Utah. They’ve been used for centuries to create natural fences and shade. If they’re grown carefully, they can reach about 70 feet in height! They’re one of the fastest growing tree species and grow about a foot a year. These are a great option if you’re looking to create a barrier around your property or need to create more shade in certain areas. 

Anemone parviflora (Small-Flowered Anemone)

Small Flowered Anemone is a great species to grow if you want charming flowers in a flower bed or any area that needs more life. Their adorable white blooms appear dainty and small, but are actually very tolerant to all soil types and require low maintenance.

Tradescantia occidentalis (Prairie Spiderwort)

Prairie Spiderwort is a great option for any flower bed or any area that needs an eye-catching ground cover. You’ll love the species’ long narrow leaves that are contrasted by the purple flowers. They are low maintenance, and grow easily alongside any other plant you have in your garden!

Aquilegia formosa (Western Columbine)

It’s surprising that Western Columbine hasn’t been used in every commercial property in Utah. It is an attractive and unique-looking herbaceous species that requires little maintenance and has a BIG payoff. They’ll attract hummingbirds that you’ll love to have around your property!

Juniperus Communis (Common Juniper)

Common Juniper is an underrated species that you might actually love to have on your property. They are considered evergreen and offer color year-round. This would be a great plant to have as a groundcover or in an area where you need more color during the winter! They’re also great for filling in gaps and providing foliage where you don’t know what you plant. 

Artemisia ludoviciana (White Sage)

Finally, White Sage is a plant you won’t want to miss out on. This plant offers a unique whitish-green color and will look great alongside all of the other plants you have on your property. Not only are they unique looking, but they also smell great! During some times of the year, they’ll even produce adorable little yellow buds

Adding some of these native Utah plants to your commercial property in Utah will leave you with a low-maintenance and stunning landscape. These plants are great for the environment, and will grow bigger and more beautiful year after year. Give our professional landscaping team a call if you have any questions, or want help installing native species on your property.