Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens

A xeriscape rock garden demonstrates the beauty of low-water plantings. / Photo from Pikes Peak Area Garden Help
A xeriscape rock garden demonstrates the beauty of low-water plantings. / Photo from Pikes Peak Area Garden Help

Staff writer

Sponsored by the city’s Utilities Department, two xeriscape gardens in Colorado Springs show off the possibilities of gardening with little to no added water.

Volunteers tend to the gardens, whose plants are changed with the seasons and are organized by no, low and moderate water needs. More than 500 varieties of flowers, bushes and trees cycle through the gardens.

The educational display explains the principles of xeriscape gardening: plan and design; soil amendment; efficient irrigation; appropriate plants for each zone; limited and appropriate turf; and mulching
maintenance.

Plants are labeled and include silver blade evening primrose, sage, sedums, oregano, hens and chicks, cattail iris, edelweiss, pasqueflower, phlox, sumac, gayfeather, lead plant, fern bush and California fuchsia.

The gardens are always open to visitors and are free of charge.

Details
Mesa Xeriscape Demonstration Garden
2855 Mesa Road
Colorado Springs, CO 80918
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(719) 668-4590
Website

Cottonwood Creek Park Xeriscape Garden
3920 Dublin Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO, 80918-6405
See map
(719) 668-4590
Website