Drought resistant plants and flowers

The following pictures of water-resistant plants can be incorporated into the look of your new yard, with various sizes and color of stones, with or without additional large-scale hardscaping.  During the design process we will work with you to design the overall look of your new yard.  See our xeriscape planning and design page here.

We often recommend PlantSelect.org as a go-to website for xeriscaping ideas using plants and flowers that are recommended for our front range weather.  Here are four, out of hundreds of pictures of plants from the Plants Select website, examples of dry climate plant ideas that could be part of your new xeriscaped yard.  There are many other sources we can recommend to help you with garden and other xeriscaping ideas.

If you have an existing rock wall, or if we will build walls into your xeriscaping project, Berlandiera lyrata offers cheery yellow, daisy-like flowers that begin blooming in early summer and continue into fall. This image shows a great way to use this plant which can be somewhat floppy in irrigated garden situations. The common name comes from the sweet, chocolaty fragrance that’s strongest in the morning hours.

Photo: Lisa Bird, Carnegie Library Garden, Colorado Springs CO.

Xeriscaping can be elegant

For a more elegant look, maybe with a small flagstone pathway through your garden, Little Trudy is a new dwarf form of catmint with tiny leaves, showy flowers and is sterile! Behind is a crambe-maritima, Curly leaf sea kale, Crambe maritima, a large white-flowering plant, and to the right is osteospermum-barberiae-var-compactum. Then rounding out the rest of the scene, Purple Mountain, sun daisy, and Osteospermum barberiae.  Repeating mounding forms in a variety of colors makes for a restful scene.  Spikier grasses, iris and daylilies add textural contrast, even when not in bloom.

Photo: Pat Hayward

Xeriscaping can be soothing

Or, for smaller spaces, you might consider using a soothing mix of blues and pale yellows that we found in a hot south exposure at Kendrick Lake Gardens, Lakewood CO.  Clockwise from top left: Bluestem joint fir (Ephedra equisitena), Narbonne blue flax (Linum narbonense), Yucca pallida, Platinum® sage (Salvia daghestanica), two opuntias (unknown taxa) and yellow hardy ice plant (Delosperma nubigena).  

These gardens receive less than 2 inches of additional moisture per month on average.

Photo: Kendrick Lake Gardens

Xeriscaping in miniature gardening

Rock and miniature gardening has become extremely popular, and these cold-hardy, lightweight hypertufa troughs offer a wonderful gardening alternative. Planters are made of peat moss, perlite, Portland cement & synthetic concrete reinforcing fibers.  (Try this recipe from the Denver Botanic Gardens). Fill them with a well-drained soil mix, rocks for decoration, small plants of varying shapes, colors & textures; you might use Plant Select® Petites, and top with a small gravel mulch. You’ll have an Instant rock garden that will last for many years outdoors!

Photo: Pat Hayward

Xeriscaping in miniature gardening

More information about drought resistance water conserving plants can be seen in this video from Plantselect.com

For even more xeriscaping ideas we also recommend visiting the DenverBotanicalGardens website to see 18 different showcase plants that thrive in Colorado’s climate, and provide season-long color and texture.

It’s time to start the design of your new xeriscaped yard using some of these plant and garden ideas! 

Your friends at Denver Xeriscaping will work with you to help you design your new yard within your budget.  We are confident that, whatever your budget is for xeriscaping, over time your investment in artificial grass and drought resistant plants and rock gardens will be returned in savings from water costs; not to mention all of the other time and expenses saved in maintaining a grass yard.