Colorado State University Extension
Serving San Miguel & West Montrose Counties
Xeriscape Plant Choices
Water saving, xeriscape landscapes have many looks because of the wide variety of interesting plants available. The features that make plants visually interesting often are the features that allow them to thrive on little water.
Many native plants are well adapted to this region's semi-arid climate. They continue the look of a natural area into a cultivated garden. Keep in mind that some plants native to the Rocky Mountains require more water and cooler exposures, so all are not suitable choices for a xeriscape. Be sure to incorporate them into the proper microclimate of a garden.
Grasses are a dominant plant of the western landscape. Xeric shrubs tend to have a fine texture and make good combinations with evergreens such as junipers and pines. Xeric shrubs include lilac, beauty bush, Apache plume, Peking cotoneaster and blue mist spiraea. There are few truly drought tolerant trees, but a few examples are Kentucky coffee tree, bur oak, honeylocust and western catalpa.
Check out the xeriscape plants in the local High and Dry Garden and Plant Select Garden in Norwood by the Glockson Building and SMC Fairgrounds.
For more information, see the following Colorado State University Extension fact sheet(s).
Xeriscaping: Trees and Shrubs
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