The Best Plants for Xeriscaping

The Best Plants for Xeriscaping

Ready to save water but also want to enjoy a beautifully landscaped yard? If so, xeriscaping, an environmentally friendly method of landscaping that uses water conserving plants and principles, may be for you. Our landscape design team put together some favorite xeric plants for Colorado Springs and Lisa Pace, Water Conservation Specialist from Colorado Springs Utilities, provided some other great insights for plant selection.

The Best Plants for Xeriscaping











Want to learn more about Xeriscaping including some of the benefits, considerations, and how to make your Xeric landscape beautiful? Download this free guide:

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Trees for Xeriscaping


  • Pinion Pine


  • Hawthorne
  • Northern Catalpa
  • Chokecherry

Shrubs for Xeriscaping


  • Juniper


  • Russian Sage
  • Manzanita
  • Lead Plant
  • Fernbush
  • False Indigo
  • Rabbitbrush
  • Sumac
  • Sandcherry
  • Barberry
  • Potentilla
  • Blue Mist Spirea

Perennials for Xeriscaping

Xeriscape in Colorado Springs

  • Catmint
  • Ice Plant
  • Hyssop (Agastache)
  • Jupiter’s Beard
  • Purple Coneflower
  • Columbine
  • Salvia
  • Penstemon
  • Yarrow
  • Lavender

Ornamental Grasses for Xeriscaping

  • Blue Avena Grass
  • Feather Reed Grass
  • Maiden Grass
  • Indian Grass
  • Blues Little Bluestem

Lisa Pace from Colorado Springs Utilities recommends that you, “Know your site and take inventory of how much sun and water you have available.” She also suggests planting in groups of 3 or more, as too many varieties can make a space feel small and busy.

For more water-wise plant options that perform well in Colorado Springs, look at Colorado Springs Utilities’ database of Water Wise Plants or visit their demonstration garden.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of xeriscaping, we have more information here, or reach one of our talented landscape designers by completing the form below.

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