Waterwise gardens don’t have to be all broccoli and no ice cream. You can have a garden that’s low maintenance and uses water sparingly, but that’s also filled with colorful plants that are really, really lovely, too. Case in point is this crazy-good Denver, CO garden of grasses, perennials, and ground covers.
Let’s begin with a few more examples of low-water landscapes, and then take a dive into our extensive inventory of drought-tolerant plants.
Yes, we’ve had a wet winter in droughty parts of the country, but it pays to take the long view. (Bonus! Here are a few more beautiful, waterwise shrubs for you to consider.)
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There’s just something about a flowery, colorful Tuscany-inspired garden full of waterwise perennials that’s totally seductive. And this one is classic with very easy to grow plants. Love it? Here are a few of the plants that bring it to life:
A garden that’s wild and billowing has its considerable charms, but sometimes keeping it clean with geometric lines and mass plantings of lavender, and warming it up with terra-cotta-toned hardscape elements, yields an elegant, understated, less-is-more, chic style. This one’s easy to pull off, and we predict you’ll be the envy of the ‘hood. Here’s what makes it work:
Picture it. Strolling up this meandering flagstone pathway filled with rich color, loads of texture…and all of it water-wise and nearly work-free. The secret here is a limited plant palette, but lots of plants! If you want to try this style, remember that more is more–at least a dozen of each plant. (Groundcover between the pavers is Dymondia.) This is the recipe: