, Beuna Tomalino,
of Bountiful, is a Garden Coach,Landscape Consultant, ContainerPlant Designer and owner of Her-barium. She especially loves teaching others to grow vegetables, herbs, andedibles and tend their yards organical-ly. Beuna has tended her own yards organically for over 20 years.Utah Boomers Magazine asked Beuna for answers to the mostfrequently asked questions pertaining to gardening in Utah.
Note: Plants are identied by botanical name (in italics) andcommon name to help you more easily nd the correct plants.
For the few where only one name is listed, the botanical nameand the common name are the same.
What is Utah's growing season?
Utah’s growing season varies from the long season in St
George (about 200 frost-free days) and other parts of southern
Utah to the shorter seasons of the mountains. The town of Ran-dolph which sometimes has the coldest temperature in the U.S.has only 57 frost-free days.
As you stated above, Utah has a variety of growingseasons. Does that mean we have as many climate zones?
Yes. Utah’s USDA Climate Zones vary from zone 2 to
zone 9 depending on the area of the state. To nd your climate
zone and/or growing season check with your County ExtensionService http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/index.html orthe USDA map for climate zones http://www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/hzm-sw1.html.
Many Utahns seem to have trouble growing plants inshady areas, including under trees and the north side of homes. What do you recommend?
For a perennial garden, I recommend Hosta, Coral
), Columbine (
), Bellower (
), Bleeding Heart (
), Lady’s Mantle(
), Bergenia, Brunnera, Virginia Bluebells (
), Astilbe, Balloon Flower (
), Dead Nettle (
), Vinca minor, Forget-Me-Not (
) and Violet and Pansy (
The best annuals for shady areas are Impatiens, Begonia, Fuch-
sia, Lobelia, Coleus, and Pansy (
). Pansies may be a peren
-nial if grown in shade or part shade.