September is a wonderful time to plan your garden. At Glover Nursery we like to create what we call "parkstrips" for your yard. Parkstrips use local plants, are water wise and have varying elements to bring interest to your yard. Our friends at the Conservation Garden Park have put a series together on how best to create a parkstrip in your yard. We've included the first of their series below. Before you get into their articles here's a list of our top 10 favorite plants to use in parkstrip landscaping.
And now, on to part 1 of Localscapes landscaping series.
The Central Open Shape
The Localscapes® approach is a series of landscaping elements and practices that fix common landscape challenges by taking Utah’s unique climate into account. Over the next few posts, we’ll look at each design consideration for the five elements of a Localscape. The first and defining element of a Localscape is the central open shape.
The Central Open Shape
A Localscape begins with the placement of a central open shape to provide a focal point and create organization in the design. Too often, landscapes are created by designing the shapes of planting beds and then filling the remaining space with lawn. The end result is a haphazard landscape with lots of pain points and limited uses. Almost all landscapes are designed (or rather NOT designed) this way.
A Localscape® flips this method and creates a central open shape, most often lawn, that's a planned, designed element in the landscape. Not only does the central open shape provide structure and order, it also creates an area that is easier to irrigate efficiently and only has one edge to maintain.
A central open shape can be rectangular (the most efficient to water) or free-form. If using curves, make sure they’re gentle and flowing rather than tight squiggles. This ensures more efficient watering and/or ease of mowing. Whatever size or shape your property is, there’s a shape that will fit well the spaces you have.
As you try out different shapes on your design plan or by laying out a rope or hose in the landscape, try and match the contours of your landscape. Play around with different shapes until you get the one that fits the lot well but doesn't have any areas less than 8 feet wide. 8-feet is the minimum width for sprinkler systems to work well.
A central open shape can be made up of several materials depending on your lot size, needs, and personal aesthetic. Most Utahans choose lawn for the central open shape, but other materials can be used, like steppable groundcover (creeping thyme is a great example), or gravel or hardscaping if you want to go lawnless.
If you’re using lawn or groundcover, overhead spray irrigation will be the best way to water. Align sprinkler heads so that your system will have the head-to-head coverage needed but minimize overspray onto hard surfaces and planting beds—planting beds have completely different watering needs than lawn. Use mp rotator nozzles or those which apply water in heavier streams, reducing loss from wind and evaporation, and smart controllers, which regulate irrigation frequency based on current weather patterns.
Rules of Lawn
Lawn is the most common choice for the central open shape. There are certain limitations with lawn in our climate that we want to design around. Following the "Rules of Lawn" when creating your landscape will help you produce an end result that makes efficient use of your time, water and materials.
Localscapes can help you get a landscape that works for you and Utah. Check out the Localscapes website for more ideas, to download free plans or to sign up for one of the many classes being taught statewide. http://localscapes.com.
I came by today to check out the sale. I almost turned around because the construction made it such... a pain to get there. The workers weren't very helpful, hence the low rating. I was right next to a lady who asked about the sales and one of the workers just told her to walk around. I bought a raspberry bush and they didn't give me the 30% off discount, but I had already left and didn't want to go back. Meh.read more
I only gave one star because you have to give at least one. If you are a contractor do not send... your customers here to find what they want. Their process of getting contractor pricing is a joke and they treat you like they don’t want your business. Plus they basically have armed guards protecting every exit that treat you like you are a thief. So if you are a contractor trying to make a living then I suggest sending them somewhere else. When I complained to them about the situation, they said that their sales are just fine without contractors. So I personally will never send another customer there. I hope other contractors will choose to do the same.read more
First of all, Glover nursery is great, they have vast array of trees, shrubs, plants,... "accessories", really just about ANYTHING you could want. There are an ample number of employees, who are knowledgeable, helpful and kind. However I'd like to single out one employee in particular, Kylie. I was looking for something related to gardening, but still a bit out of the "norm" for items that typically would be stocked at a nursery. Even though it was something they didn't sell (or make money on), Kylie took the time, made calls to help me find EXACTLY what I had been searching for, and then followed up promptly with me to give me the "source" who could provide it. To me, she absolutely went "above and beyond'! In the future I will definitely be going back to Glover!!!read more
This is one of the best places for the variety of plants and how huge it is. Very well organized by... types of plants. If you can not find some plant at other place you will find it here. I am not giving 5 stars due to prices. This nursery definetely is not cheapest, be preperaded also to pay premium price.read more
Do not buy anything from Glover, their warranty is a racket and they don’t refund you. Our tree... died a month after purchase and they refused to refund us. Go anywhere but here. Terrible customer service, so, so rude and dismissive.read more
Let me first say that I really liked your sales rep (Amber) outside of that, what an atrocious... experience! I fell in love with the scent of your climbing rose “Rise Up Amberness” so I bought one climber and one regular rose bush on Saturday. It’s now Monday and I had to throw both of them in the trash, which broke my heart.Most of the roses weren’t deadheaded properly, but figured I could simply fix that at home, boy was I wrong! I didn’t even have these roses for two days and the new blooms had wilted just like they had in your nursery. Upon further inspection, I found that there’s a thrip infestation! The wilted blooms weren’t spent blooms, but a result from a sick plant that shouldn’t have been sold in the first place, let alone at full price!I’m not new to gardening and understand that pests come with the territory, but why would I spend almost a $100 between these two bushes just to have to wean both back to health while possibly infesting the rest of my garden that I’ve worked so hard on?!If anyone would’ve even bothered to check to see why the blooms were wilting so quickly they would’ve seen what the problem was. Now I’m stuck with having to go to another nursery to fix a problem that should never have been mine to begin with.read more
My relationship with outdoor plants has been fraught with mixed results through my adult life, that... is until I met Jessica at Glovers. For many years she’s been there to help me understand and pick the right thing to plant, patiently answering my dumb questions. I love my yard and have them to thank!read more
We've had great luck with the health of the plants here. We come here every year for our garden... starts and have bought our mulch and garden bed plants. Decent prices and helpful staff. It is fun to just walk around as well.read more
Stopped by on a whim, ended up buying a tree and 15 other plants for our yard. Amber was so kind... and helpful. we were very happy with what we chose. Since we weren’t planning on buying plants that day we did not have our truck with us, and it was Saturday closing time. The Employees were so kind and offered to hold our purchased plants until Monday when we could return to pick them up. When we came back to pick up the plants the employee at will call checked our receipt very carefully and informed us that there had been a mistake and we had been charged for the wrong tree. He said that we could not take the tree we had picked. I asked “well this is the tree we want, so what do we need to do?” He treated us like some sort of criminals!! This was not our mistake we paid what we were told on Saturday. He personally escorted us back to the cashier to pay the difference, like we were gonna make a run for it?! Not upset about paying the difference for the tree but upset with how rude the employee was toward us especially since this was their mistake.read more
What a great variety of healthy plants and trees! We didn't bring our truck, so we stuck with... smaller purchases this time. So organized that the large number of people were able to move around easily and checkout was pretty quick! They did run out of Basil, Cilantro, and I didn't see flat leaf Parsley. But it is getting that time of year and is to be expected.read more
Overall a 5 star experience most times, but I found it odd today when purchasing a plant that I'd... never grown before and needed information on. I stood in line at the info desk for awhile before an older gentleman employee asked me what questions I had. Instead of answering, he simply referred me to the planting instructions which came with the plant even after I explained that I'd read the plastic tab and still had additional questions that the tab didn't cover. Google was more helpful, but I wanted the experience from a grower for this region's weather/soil/environment.I'd purchased the plant already from them before waiting in line, otherwise I'd probably have just not bothered given the cost and their disinterest in wanting to help it grow.I'll still come back given the huge range of plants that are not always found elsewhere in the valley, but I wont' bother asking for help on a species.read more
Staying Closed on Sundays makes Saturdays so crowded that lines are uncomfortable and the tiny... parking lot is genuinely dog eat dog. They used to be open on Sundays. Gardening on a Sunday is an American tradition. Suffering on Saturday just to buy a few plants is the opposite of why people choose gardening as a hobby or past time.read more
Debbie was our salesperson and she was the most helpful and fun person to walk around with in the... snow and mud! 5 stars for Debbie!!! Love her!! Amber was also really personable. Our installers were a dream team also. Ben, Parley, Keelyn, and Juan are the toughest guys I know!We paid for our trees, but on the day of delivery they changed the price of one of the trees, requiring us to pay more.read more
These guys are awesome! I was stuck in construction traffic in front of the shop and arrived at... 5:00 (closing time) and they stayed open an extra few minutes so I could buy a gift card for my moms surprise birthday party. Excellent costumer service!read more
Jessica at Glover Nursery is so awesome to work with! I had a large landscape project and she was... incredibly helpful every step of the way. I will be a longtime customer of Glover Nursery because of her help and attention to detail. Thank you!read more
Fun place to shop, friendly customer service, willing to work with you. They offered me discounts... and freebies just because. They earned their great reputation. Don’t hesitate to spend your money there.read more
The plants and flowers are beautiful, the grounds well-maintained, and the staff is incredibly... knowledgeable about EVERY plant on the property.The only downside is the prices. This place is pricey, but you get what you pay for.Parking is rough on Saturdays.read more
We love Glover Nursery. We're from northern Davis County so we don't make it often, but when we do... it's a good experience. The ONLY reason for the lack of 5 stars, is because we've called ahead to confirm inventory and shown up to discover that the info over the phone was inaccurate and they didn't have what we asked for. I give the benefit of the doubt that maybe the items sold between our phone call and arrival, but in speaking to other employees they'd tell us they hadn't had them in stock for weeks.Oh well, they have an awesome selection of other items and the employees are always helpful and knowledgeable. We love coming here and looking around.read more
Huge selection and very helpful and knowledgeable staff. I’ve bought may plants from them and all... but one have survived, and it was hassle free to return the one that didn’t. I love that they have multiple size selections for plants so that I don’t have to get a tree that’s huge already if I don’t want to. I also appreciate that they label where things are at so that you can find things if you are looking for something specific.read more
I highly suggest this nursery - the only reason it only got a 4-star is because they are very... pricey. Great help, great products, just way too expensive. Parking is a real bear too - I'd suggest going off-hours for the best parking. Even on the busiest weekend, the employees keep up with the check out lanes so the wait to check out has never taken more than 10 minutes.Best nursery I've found in Salt Lake County.read more
Great plants, shrubs and trees! Awesome staff! Great warranty! I've purchased ... everything...soil, annuals, perennials,shrubs and trees I will always purchase from Glover!Awesome staff! Best selection!read more
I have bought everything from garden supplies, bedding plants, trees and even Christmas trees from... Glover's for more than 30 years. They have a great selection, are honest, and stand behind what they sell. They are the best of the best!read more
We have been frequenting Glover Nursery quite a bit while we are re-landscaping out back yard. We... have found their staff to be extremely helpful and very honest. Their staff have guided us toward better plant selection many times to help meet our desire to have low-water plants as much as possible. They also offer up to 5-year warranties on many of their larger plants and trees, if you use certain products when planting. We will continue to return to Glover time and time again for our landscaping needs!read more
They could do a little better on approaching customers and offering to help, especially in the tree... section. They carry lots of healthy plants and have good advice. They offer services to help you if you aren't ready to do it on your own.read more
Amazing selection- prices are competitive with Home Depot and Lowe’s. They keep the native plants... out much longer in the season- once Home Depot and Lowe’s have cleared their shelves. They have way more choices than you’ll find anywhere else for all variety of plants and trees.read more
After shopping six different nurseries in the last couple of days looking for specific trees I... wanted, I visited this place. This is really a gold-star type place. Great variety and reasonable prices in a beautiful setting. Their customer service was very good. Helpful people willing to assist and answer questions. I’m sure I’ll be a regular customer here. Well done.read more
They have an amazing variety of plants, and the nursery is so easy to navigate with signs pointing... you to where you need to go. Ordered 77 plants and 3 trees from them and they all arrived looking healthy and vibrant.Ordered mulch this summer as well, and they gave a quick refund when we accidently ordered one too many truck loads of mulch.Have a few plants that are struggling after being planted. If they don't make it I am anxious to see how seamless the plant warrantee is.read more
If you are fortunate enough to have Bret help you, he's the man! I had a list of plant material... for my xeriscaped front yard and he helped me find the best looking plants and was very patient and knowledgeable when I wanted to change the plan a bit. I found all the 50+ plants I was looking for. Highly recommend.read more
We love Glover because they have pretty much whatever you might need. The employees are always very... courteous and helpful as well as knowledgeable. The price point might be a little higher than WalMart, Costco, or Home Depot but the quality of product and service are likely a little higher, too. Choose carefully what time of day you go because they are always so busy!!read more
Beautiful nursery but everyone still has the bug to garden so a lot of items were out if any at... all. No fault to their own. Watched an employee getting upset with a man because he did not stop to show her his receipt instantly. Perhaps had she been doing more than sitting in a corner she would not have to yell at him.read more
Very helpful and their selection of plants and trees is HUGE! We purchased trees here last week and... they had many employees who were knowledgeable and helpful. Loading was easy too. This place is the best for plants and trees.read more
Glover is by far my favorite nursery in the valley. Not only do they have a huge selection of... perennials annuals and trees, but everything is organized and labeled in a way that makes it easy and fun to shop and find what you need. I don’t even live close to Glover, but I happily drive past 5 closer nurseries to get to them!read more
Hydrangea Heaven! I love this place and have spent hours roaming around their grounds. I love that... the employees are knowledgeable but not pushy, friendly but not overbearing and that the prices are reasonable. They also have lots of hard to find varieties, like the yellow raspberry plant I was searching for last year. Also, lovely fountains and unique statues. I can't wait to get there this year and start planting!**Would also like to give a huge shout-out to Jessica for helping me out and saving me hours of time the other day! She really went above and beyond and it was SO helpful to have someone fun and knowledgeable to shop with. Thanks Jessica!read more
Great quality plants and service. Will give you a five year guarantee on some plants if you use... their mycorrizae (Mykes) product. Definitely worth it. I've only had to return one plant out of many. Can't beat that!read more
This is our favorite nursery. The staff is always helpful and knowledgeable. They have an awesome... selection of cool plants, bushes and trees that varies throughout the season. Good warranties on a lot it too. We're rookie gardeners and most of we've planted from here has done well so far.read more
This is the third year in a row that we have purchased our Christmas tree at this nursery. We have... had very few issues with the trees themselves and the customer service here is top notch.The gentlemen who help take the tree to our car and tie it down are always very kind and professional. They do a great job every time. We haven't had any issues with the trees sliding around on the car and they have never caused any damage to our cars.The customer service has always been very professional as well. They are considerate people who always make sure we are happy with our trees.The only issue we had was the first tree we purchased from them. It did dry out a little quicker than we had planned but luckily it was very close to Christmas, so it was no problem. They have a good selection of trees and carry everything from little tiny two foot trees to enormous 10 foot plus trees.I highly recommend this nursery, not only for Christmas trees, but also for gardening all year long. The staff is always knowledgeable and great to work with.read more
Definitely the best place I've ever worked. All the people here are great and it's great visiting.... No other place with such friendly employees. All in all, this is absolutely the place to go if you are in need of plants.read more
This is a great local nursery. When you are ready to get better service and products than you can... find at the big box stores, great over to Glover. You'll find better service, better expertise, and surprisingly competitive prices. The plants are localized to our climate, instead of the Bonnie brand that everybody else sells and who knows where are grown. You'll find a large selection of fruit and ornamental trees, bulk soil amendments (bagged too), bedding plants, and the great variety of goods you'd expect to find at a large local nursery. I'm glad a rediscovered this nursery after Western Gardens closed our local store.read more
They have a decent selection of things you can buy at any other garden center at a slightly... inflated price. They are starting to carry more hard to find items. I wish they would carry more native/drought resistant plants.read more
Found employees to be very helpful, they have a plant selection wider and better than most, if you... are looking for a unique company that offers all the experience and materials with great service check them out, oh they even help you out to your vehicle with your purchase..old school service done right!read more
We've been to many garden centers over the years and BY FAR Glover is the best around. Everything... we've purchased from them has been high quality and has done very well in our garden. We've also used their delivery services and well as their planting services- both of which were wonderful! They arrive on time and the work is done very professionally. They also have staff that are very knowledgable about the plants and products they sell, which is something other nurseries are seriously lacking with their employees, so that's something I appreciate! All of our purchases from trees, to flowers to veggies have always done great, I couldn't rave about them more!read more
Absolutely outstanding service! Val & McKayla were extremely helpful, going above & beyond to take... care of me today. I am a landscape contractor & I appreciate being taken care of so well. Wholesale or retail, I recommend Glover Nursery! 10/10.read more
My girlfriend and I decided as first time plant buyers to make this the first nursery we visited in... our quest to find the perfect ensemble of pet safe, shade friendly, and easy to maintain plants because of the rave reviews Glover's has (which I spent an hour reading through simply because they were pleasant to read). Rett kindly greeted us within about 2 minutes of us starting to browse the rows and rows of plants. He asked what we were looking for. We explained and he quickly pointed us to which spots of the nursery would have plants fitting our criteria. He taught us where to look to find plant information which was very helpful to us newbies. He provided wise words: to start small with our plants and to grow our garden as we became more comfortable with our green thumbs. He answered every question we had with knowledge and the occasional--and very welcomed--joke! We will always come back to Glover's after this amazing experience on our very first visit. Thanks Glover's and thanks Rett!read more
This is my preferred nursery. There are so many people who offer tips and advice and you can return... stuff and get your money back. There are so many options of different plants too! I was looking for bushes and OMG -- so many varieties. Worth the trip across the valley to visit Glover's.read more
I love this nursery SO much. Every time I come here the staff is friendly and helpful and if they... don’t know the answer, they find someone who does. I will only purchase my plants from Glover, they absolutely thrive! And their soil is incredible! Not to mention it’s good for the soul to just walk around and take in how gorgeous this place is. Thank you Glover Nursery!!!read more
Incredible selection. A sales rep. named Lynn was incredibly helpful to me and took an hour to... listen to what I wanted, present options, and seemed very knowledgeable. He even made sure everything was loaded properly and protected from wind during transport. I appreciated this because it's such a busy time for them! I'll definitely be back and thank you, Lynn!read more