Beautiful Waterwise Transformations
Sustainability Begins In Your Backyard
These High Country Gardeners have filled their yards with resilient wildflowers, pollinator-friendly perennials, and waterwise lawn alternatives. We hope their success will inspire your sustainable yard transformation. Read on to learn more about their process and, of course, their planting lists!
Replacing A Bluegrass Lawn With Bold Color In Boise
With the goals of saving water and supporting pollinators, Matthew and Pascale replaced their entire front yard with colorful flowers, groundcovers, and ornamental grasses, for a new front yard with curb appeal and personality.
Growing a Drought Resistant Thyme Lawn in Albuquerque
To save water and create a low-maintenance landscape, Vic and Barb opted for resilient Pink Chintz Thyme to replace their traditional turf lawn. Almost two decades later, their carpet-like mat of color is still thriving, as water restrictions continue.
An English-Inspired Wildscape Garden In Northern Texas
Rajesh J. transformed his classic suburban lawn into a breathtaking pollinator paradise. This garden earned Texas Wildscape Certification!
A Drought-Resistant Garden From Scratch In Colorado
When Mary R. moved to her new home, she was so committed to not having a lawn, that she sold her lawnmower! This garden takes inspiration from a local botanic garden.
Shop Beautiful Waterwise Perennials
Lavandula angustifolia ‚Hidcote Superior‚ (English Lavender) is sweetly fragrant, uniformly compact and blooms with darkly colored lavender-blue flower spikes in late spr...Learn MoreHidcote Superior English Lavender Hidcote Superior English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote SuperiorAs low as $13.99Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
24-36„ tall x 15„ wide. The Richfield form of Eaton‚s Beardtongue was selected for its overall vigor and flower production. It blooms in early to mid-spring bloomin...Learn MoreFirecracker Penstemon Richfield Strain Richfield Strain Firecracker Beardtongue Penstemon eatonii Richfield StrainAs low as $11.99Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Our Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden has been a bestseller for decades! Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this eye-catching combination of long-blooming perennials will light up...Learn MoreJumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned GardenAs low as $225.99 Sale $203.39Per Garden of 18
Leymus salinus ‚Salane‚ (Basin Junior Wildrye) is a native perennial grass that forms a dense clump of narrow, slivery-green foliage. Subtle pale-yellow seeds emerge abov...Learn MoreBasin Junior Wildrye Basin Junior Wildrye Leymus salinus 'Salane'$14.99 Sale $12.74Sale Price I Save 15%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
‚Lemon Fizz‚ Santolina (Santolina virens) has fine, almost mossy-looking foliage in an eye-catching chartreuse color. The compact mounding foliage is evergreen and produc...Learn MoreLemon Fizz Santolina Lemon Fizz Lavender Cotton Santolina virens 'Lemon Fizz'$13.99 Sale $11.89Sale Price I Save 15%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Red Jupiter‚s Beard is an everblooming Old World wildflower with clusters of tiny dark red flowers held over deep green foliage. A tough, durable plant, it thrives with minimal...Learn MoreRed Valerian (Centranthus) Red Valerian, Jupiter's Beard Centranthus ruber CoccineusAs low as $12.59Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Our Summer Showstopper Pre-Planned Garden features boldly colorful, long-blooming perennials that can stand up to harsh summer heat. Designed for hellstrips, sidewalks, and tough, ho...Learn MoreSummer Showstopper Pre-Planned Garden Summer Showstopper Pre-Planned Garden$205.99 Sale $185.39Sale Price I Save 10%Per Garden of 17
Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It also has attractive dried seed...Learn MoreFernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Chamaebatiaria millefoliumAs low as $14.99 Sale $12.74Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Perovskia atriplicifolia ‚Blue Spires‚ (Russian Sage) is the best large growing Russian Sage selection blooming with dark blue flower spikes appearing in mid-summer. Thou...Learn MoreBlue Spires Russian Sage Blue Spires Russian Sage Perovskia atriplicifolia Blue Spires$12.99 Sale $11.69Sale Price I Save 10%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Our Succulent Groundcover Collection features versatile, must-have plants for xeriscaping. Long-blooming Ice Plants (Delosperma), and colorful Creeping Sedum offer color and texture,...Learn MoreSucculent Groundcover Collection Succulent Groundcover Collection$59.99 Sale $56.99Sale Price I Save 5%Per Collection of 7
Habitat Gardening With A Pond In Colorado
Larry and his wife, Janie, in Fort Collins, CO designed around a large pond. Their gardens earned National Wildlife Federation Backyard Wildlife Habitat Certification.
Waterwise Parkstrip Planting In Utah
Inspired by our Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden, Chelsea and her family flipped the strip and turned their traditional turf front yard into a colorful pollinator oasis.
Pre-Planned Gardens Make Garden Design Easy
Feeling inspired to transform your yard - but now sure where to start? Pre-Planned Gardens make it easy to bring professional garden design to your home! Each waterwise garden includes a layout map to make planting simple.
A Neighborhood Native Garden In Denver
Jason B. killed his Kentucky Bluegrass lawn and replaced it with waterwise native plants to attract pollinators, inspired by rain gardens and moonlight gardens.
A Habitat Hero Wildscape In Boulder
Linda in Boulder, CO transformed her yard to meet the goals of the Audubon Rockies Habitat Hero program. Her garden features a beautiful array of waterwise perennials.
Dog Tuff, A Sustainable Lawn Solution
Katie D. shares her success story with planting Dog Tuff Grass Plugs at her home in Castle Rock, Colorado. She removed her high-maintenance Bluegrass lawn and replaced it with a low-mow, low-water lawn to conserve water and reduce mowing needs.
How A Denver Neighborhood Achieved Habitat Hero Certification From Audubon Rockies
Pam and her neighbors took on an ambitious project that transformed her neighborhood into a resilient, beautiful, and waterwise habitat.
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