Utah has limited water resources. There has been a great deal of interest in recent years in planting xeriscaped (low water usage) gardens. Unfortunately, the rush to xeriscaping led many less than scrupulous plant dealers to import a host of invasive weeds into Utah gardens.
In my opinion, the xeriscaped gardening style desigened for Phoenix is not the best style for the high mountain desert. On the edge of the Wasatch Front, Utah Valley has a unique combination of climate zones. The town is at the transition between alpine and high mountain deserts. The best gardens in Provo use native species common from these distinctive climate zone.
If you are planting a flower garden, I strongly recommend the rock garden style from Utah native plants.
This page lists resources gardens in the Provo / Orem area including links to nurseries and other valuable plant resources.
Mountain Valley Seeds (*) - review Established in 1974, Mountain Valley Seeds offers a rich mix of heirloom seeds including vegetables and flowers. You will find seeds recommended by USU for Utah gardens.
Growing Microgreens (*) Site offers kits and information about growing microgreens. You can add Microgreens to salads, smoothies and other dishes. Fresh grown microgreens can improve your health.
My Square Foot Garden (www.mysquarefootgarden.net) - review My Square Foot Garden has information on growing your own vegetable garden.
Wild Utah Edibles (wildutahedibles.com) - review Wild Utah Edibles is a site about edible native plants (note many wild plants are poisonous. It is best to learn about what to avoid first). Once you find an edible plant, growing it in a garden is a great idea.
Granite Seed (www.graniteseed.com) - review Granite Seed Company specializes in supplying seed and erosion control products for land reclamation and restoration, turf, beautification, pasture and range.\r\n