Landscape Planning and Design in Mountain Environments IS Different! - Part Three

Kings Canyon National Park | Photo by Robie Litchfield
Kings Canyon National Park | Photo by Robie Litchfield

In some ways Landscape Design in warmer climates is similar, but in many ways, it is VERY Different!  A number of factors play into the planning and design of mountain landscaping.  Following are areas where the differences affect design and planning so that Mountain Landscape Projects can not only survive but thrive. 

In Part Three we discover what grows in mountain environments and special considerations for a healthy cultivated landscape.

What Grows Here?

A typical Native Grove – the understory of shrubs, grasses and wildflowers are great sources for clues to what grows naturally and with little fuss in your region.

Check out open slopes and woodland areas as well.

Can I Grow a Vegetable Garden?

vegetable garden
A raised garden will help manage critters and make garden access easy.  Companion Planting is a great way to manage pests, create visual variety and maximize small spaces

Can I Grow Fruit Trees?

apple tree
Apple trees are always a good bet in the Mountain Garden

I hear Pollinators are important – how can I attract Pollinators

bee on flower

  • Bugs, including flies, Bees, Butterflies and Birds are all pollinators
    • They work by transporting pollen from plant to plant by means of a number of methods depending on who they are.
    • Some bugs are also good bad pest controllers as well
  • They are a major contribution to Sustainable Landscapes
  • Variety of Plants that attract
    • Vegetation Introduction Choices will determine which pollinators are attracted
      • If you are a Hummingbird fan choose plants like Salvias, Honeysuckle, Fuchsias and Scarlet Gilia a prevalent mountain wildflower – pictured below


In Part Four there is more information on the benefits of Healthy Soils.