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Think you need lots of water for a diverse, vibrant, and beautiful garden? Think again!
On the Front Range, water is always a concern. It rarely falls from the sky, and it’s hard to justify soaking flower beds and gardens at home when your water bill ticks higher every year. And while you may think that you’d have to convert your yard to a cactus grove to create a garden that doesn’t need a lot to drink, the truth is that you can still have flowers, grasses, succulents, trees, and a wide variety of other plants that do well in dry soils.
In fact, at Spring Plant Sale, three entire divisions are dedicated to plants that are specifically selected to thrive with very little water. Shoppers focused on sustainable gardening practices should make these divisions a priority. Whether you have a single container on a balcony or acres of property to landscape, our expert horticulturists and horticultural volunteers can help you select just the right plants to fit your needs.
Plant Select® is the country’s leading brand of plants designed to thrive in high plains and intermountain regions, offering plants that provide more beauty with less work so gardeners of all levels can achieve smart, stunning, and successful gardens using fewer resources and with a more positive environmental impact.
The Rock Alpine Garden is proof that dry, rocky soils can sustain a vibrant and colorful array of plants, and there’s no reason you can’t have one of your own. Shop thousands of individual plants uniquely suited to high and dry climates, or create a container full of them at the Trough Shop. In addition, stop by this division for unique yard art and bonsai.
Water-smart plants are not just drought-tolerant: they thrive in dry soils and, in many cases, only need to be watered 6-12 times per year. And don’t assume that less water yields duller gardens: water-smart plants offer a huge variety of bright, colorful plants that also happen to keep your water bill low.
In addition to these three divisions, keep an eye out for “I Save Water” stickers on plant info signs in other divisions to help you plan a water-smart garden of your own.
Admission to Spring Plant Sale is free on Friday, May 12 from 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and on Saturday, May 13 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tickets are required for the Plant Sale Preview Party on May 11. Get here early to get the best pick of the plants, and don’t forget to bring a wagon to haul them around! Click here for more information.