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Water-wise Designs and Plants

Hydrozoneshydrozone

Resource Central
Xeriscaping in Colorado: A Step by Step Guide
The first step in designing a xeriscape is to observe your yard and designate sun and water zones.

LoveYourLandscape.org
Designing a Yard Using Hydrozones
Hydrozoning means positioning plants with similar water, soil, and sun needs together.

Design Style

Plant Select
Downloadable Sample Designs  
These are free water-wise designs that include only Plant Select plants.

Landscaping Network
Landscape Design Styles

Turf Alternativesturf alternatives

Aurora Water Conservation
Turf Alternatives Video 
Here’s our video on using turf alternatives in your landscape.

Aurora Water Conservation
Turf Alternatives Presentation
These are our notes pages from our PowerPoint on alternatives to Kentucky bluegrass lawns.

CSU Extension Xeriscape Ground Cover Plants
Xeriscape Ground Cover Plants 
Great low-growing, water-wise alternatives to Kentucky bluegrass lawns.

Native Plant Listsblue grama

Colorado State University Extension
Native Trees for Colorado Landscapes
Information on our native trees.

Colorado State University Extension
Native Shrubs for Colorado Landscapes
Information on our native shrubs.

Colorado State University Extension
Native Herbaceous Perennials for Colorado Landscape
Information on our native perennials.

Benefits of Water-wise and Native Plantswater wise plants

Aurora Water
Water-wise Landscaping
Learn the benefits of water-wise landscaping and how to convert your yard.

National Audubon Society
Why Native Plants Matter
Restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity.

Pollinator Partnership
Selecting Plants for Pollinators: A Guide for Gardeners, Farmers and Land Managers: Great Plains Palouse Dry Steppe

Water-wise Plant Recommendations

Colorado Native Plant Society and Colorado State University Extension
Low-Water Natives for Colorado Garden Front Range and Foothills
This guidebook is intended to help people select native plants.

Jefferson County Colorado
Colorado Plant Database
Research-based information about plants that grow in the wilds of Colorado. 

Plant Select
An organization created from a collaboration between CSU, the Denver Botanic Gardens, and growers to find the best plants for Colorado landscapes.

Colorado Springs Utilities 
Water-wise Plant Database
Find the perfect water-wise plant for you.

Aurora Water
Water Conservation Plant List 
A list of the plants that we use and recommend. 
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