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Xeric (Zer-ik) Xeric (zer-ik)/Water-wise: Refers to xeriscape plants that thrive with less water.


Full Sun Full Sun: Refers to plants that require a minimum of 4-6 hours of direct light.
Part-Shade  Part-Shade: Refers to plants that require no more than 4 hours of direct light.
Full Shade Full Shade: Little or no direct, bright light. At our elevation of 5800', even shady areas are bright.
 Deer-resistant Look for the deer-resistant icon if deer move through your landscape.
When considering perennials for gardens that have a mix of trees, shrubs, and perennials, note the  symbols provided so plants with the same requirements can be grouped together.

Achillea/Yarrow

Achillea/Yarrow 'Moonshine'
HT:24" SP:20" Upright, Blooms Summer-Fall 

Full Sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant Attracts Butterflies

This non-invasive yarrow has flat-topped, yellow flower clusters offset with silver, fern-like foliage. Forms a large, non-invasive clump quickly that adapts well to a xeric, naturalized setting so avoid planting in shady areas. Highly deer-resistant and can be used in dried flower arrangements.


 

Artemisia/Silver Mound Artemisia 'Silver Mound'
HT:14" SP:14" Mounding, Grown for foliage through season 

Full Sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant 
Finely textured silver leaves are soft to the touch. Habit can be kept in a compact mound by trimming back blooms as they appear. Xeric plant that thrives a sandy soils with soil level, drip irrigation rather than overhead sprinklers. Fragrant (like our state flower, Artemisia) and highly deer-resistant.


 

Centranthus

Centranthus 'Coccineus'
HT:30" SP:24" Upright Habit, Blooms Late Spring-Summer

Full Sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant  

An outstanding plant for our climate since the plants thrive through hot, dry summers and -30 degree winters. Prefers full sun, sandy soil, and drip irrigation at the soil level rather than overhead watering. Will bloom again later if deadheaded; otherwise, the spent blooms will drop viable seeds.
Highly deer-resistant and easy to grow.



 

Cerastium/Snow In Summer Cerastium tomentosum 'Snow In Summer'
6" Silver Persistent Foliage, Groundcover, Blooms Through Summer   

  Full Sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant 
Easy to grow groundcover for hot, sunny areas. By far our most aggressive groundcover and our most popular. Spreads quickly and the foliage remains through winter and into spring detering annual weeds. Shear the plant to about two inches every fall and use scissors to keep the foliage from spreading if needed. Good plant for sloped, full sun areas since it holds the soil in place.  




Gaillardia 'Arizona Apricot' Gaillardia 'Arizona Apricot'
HT:12" SP:12" Mounding Habit, Blooms Summer-Fall
 
  Full Sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant Attracts Bees 
Often included in with other easy-to-grow perennials in wildflower mixes. Gaillardias have a long bloom time that can be further extended with deadheading. Blooms attract bees and butterflies so a nice companion planting with Catmints, Salvia, and other perennials that thrive in full sun in and around the vegetable garden.



  Hemerocallis 'Bright Sunset'   Hemerocallis 'Ruby Spider' Hemerocallis 'Apricot Sparkles'  
    Hemerocallis/Daylilies 'Bright Sunset', 'Ruby Spider', and 'Apricot Sparkles' HT:30" SP:30"

Few plants provide the texture, structure, and diverse color range that Daylilies can. One of the easiest plants to grow, Daylilies are long-lived and adaptable to a range of soil types. Available this season in twelve varieties that work well together and in combination with other perennials. New varieties are less aggressive and will not require dividing until they have been in the gardens for many years. Drifts of Hemerocallis provide color through mid-late summer and are a beautiful, low-maintenance addition to any full sun, xeric landscape. Do best when drip irrigation is provided at soil level where it's needed, a low water use plant.



                            Iris 'Clarence'  Iris 'Jurassic Park' Iris 'Wine Festival'  
                                           'Clarence', 'Jurassic Park', and 'Wine Festival' 
Tall bearded Iris are a beautiful, low-maintenance addition to any full sun, xeric landscape. A long-time favorite of novice and advanced gardeners over the years since they are available in stunning colors and a welcome site as we move from winter into spring. Best when planted so that the top half of the rhizome is visible at soil level; otherwise root rot occurs. Highly deer-resistant. Excellent as a cut flower with long lasting, mildly fragrant blooms.

 

Papaver/Poppy

Papaver/Poppy 'Allegro' HT:18" and 'Prince of Orange'
HT:30" Both SP:24"; Upright Habit, Blooms Through Early Spring

Full Sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant  

Oriental Poppies are unique with their large, intensely bright, papery blooms measuring a full 4-5 inches across. Plants prefer to be watered at soil level using soaker hoses or other type of drip system so the foliage and flowers stay dry. To enjoy as cut flowers, cut, then singe the bottom of the stem with a candle. Plant towards the center of the garden and cut them back in later in summer as their foliage begins to die back.


 

Perovskia/Russian Sage

       Perovskia atriplicifolia Russian Sage HT:36" SP:36" PPA Winner 1995

Full Sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant  Attracts Bees

Masses of small flowers form on multi-branched, aromatic stems from August-frost. Highly deer-resistant. Prefers xeric landscape conditions so avoid overwatering through summer and waterlogged soil in winter. Pervoskia forms woody branches through the summer months and then flowers late in the season, so we prune to green in late spring. Honeybee magnet.


 

Sedum 'Dazzleberry' Foliage Sedum Sunsparkler 'Dazzleberry' HT: 6"
Groundcover, Blooms Late Summer-Fall
full sun Xeric (Zer-ik) butterfly Attracts Bees
Sedum's succulent foliage is perfect for our hot, dry summers. Prefers xeric conditions, so avoid overwatering. Adds distinct foliage texture and color to rock gardens, between pavers, at the garden's edge, and in container gardens. Excellent foliage color with blooms late in the season.
Sedum Dazzleberry 2


Sedum 'Autumn Fire' Sedum 'Autumn Fire'
HT:20" SP:20" Upright Habit, Blooms Late Summer-Fall 
full sun Xeric (Zer-ik) butterfly Attracts Bees

Upright succulent with bluish-green leaves with serrated edges. Unbranched stems carry the rosy pink flowers through fall as they deepen to shades of coppery bronze. 'Autumn Fire' is an easy to grow succulent that adds late-season color to the full sun, xeric garden. Once established, clumps can be easily divided and planted through late fall after cutting back.



 

Sempervivum/Hens and Chicks

Sempervivum/Hens and Chicks
Charming succulent offered as a groundcover

Full Sun Xeric (Zer-ik) Deer-resistant

Available this season in 8 varieties from the 'Chick Charms Collection' so you're sure to find one that's just right for the rock garden, xeriscape, or a full sun container garden.