June 17, 2009 | Sarada Krishnan, Director of Horticulture & Center for Global Initiatives


Standing as testimony that gardening in Colorado does not have to be dull and boring is the Roads Water-Smart Garden, which is currently bursting in color. Bursts of yellow, purple, pink, orange and white are dotted throughout this garden. Meticulously cared for by our Curator of Native Plants, Dan Johnson, this garden is a showcase of what a garden could look like in Colorado with the selection of the right plants for our semi-arid climate.

Featuring drought tolerant plants from around the world, the Water-Smart Garden is typically watered only twice per month in the summer, and also only if conditions become extremely dry. Plants currently in bloom include various penstemons, delosperma, thyme, horned and California poppies, yucca, prickly pear cactus, gaillardia, salvia and yarrow among others.


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