Summer's Last Stand

Submitted August 24, 2020 at 12:00 AM

We've had our share of 100 degree days this month, some plants are loving it, and others are putting their energy into making seeds and fruit to wrap things up for the year.

Woods' Rose   Rosa woodsii

This Utah native rose produces delicate pink flowers in spring followed by delicious red fruits in late summer.

Mace Sedge   Carex grayi

Native to the eastern United States, this sedge produces inflated spikey seed heads above soft green foliage.

Cut-leaf Conefower   Rudbeckia laciniata

These tall leafy stalks are topped with yellow sunflower-like flowers that are loved by bumblebees.

Argentine Skies Salvia   Salvia 'Argentine Skies'

Look for this beautiful blue Salvia in the Rose Garden.

Blue Grama Grass   Bouteloua gracilis

One of my favorite Utah natives. It thrives in low water once established and produces seed heads that look like little eyebrows floating above the ground.

Side Oats Grama Grass   Bouteloua curtipendula

Another Utah native, this grass grows about two feet tall and does best in low water gardens.


There are many places throughout the Garden to escape the heat. When you schedule your visit, be sure to check out the nice shady bench by the waterfall in the Rose Garden.

A visit to the Garden is a great way to supplement your children's education. All of our plant labels contain educational information about each plant. Our Programs team is also busy creating stay-at-home activities that satisfy their creative side. You can find them HERE

Photos by Jason W. Baker

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