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
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.