when most people ask me questions about landscaping it’s because they need advice on what to do with their space. i tell them it is very similar to real estate; location is everything. not only the location of where you live, it is also the location of where you want to put elements. you can, in theory, grow almost anything almost anywhere. this method however requires a lot of resources, like water and great soil to name a couple. this does not guarantee that your garden will thrive. and you don’t want your landscaping to merely exist… you want it to thrive!
the right plant for the right place is the mantra we are taught in landscape architecture. so it stands to reason that different climates call for different requirements as far as resources and plant palate selection. one common method to minimize the use of resources, such as water, is to choose a plant palate that is considered native and non-invasive. a native plant, tree or shrub can best be described as one that is indigenous or naturalized to an area and usually refers to species that were there before colonization. invasive species can wreak havoc on something as small as a yard to something as large as an ecological system. so when designing a space, environmental sensitivity should be considered if you wish to conserve resources and want your landscape to thrive.
resources on native and non-invasive species in colorado: