Using the Plant Finder
The Plant Finder is for educational purposes. It is a recommended list of plants that should thrive in the short growing season of our semi-arid, high desert environment. The intent of this list is to reduce water usage, while encouraging greater plant variety in residential landscapes.
This plant database is loosely based on the plant list utilized by developers, builders and designers. However, the Plant Finder is intended for residential use only and cannot be used as a reference for the Town of Castle Rock Landscape and Irrigation Performance Standards and Criteria Manual, design review or the plant list specifications. All non-residential landscapes must be designed with plants from the plant list found online at CRgov.com.
- The Plant Finder list of plants and descriptions primarily come from The Xeriscape Plant Guide 100 Water-Wise Plants for Gardens and Landscapes by Denver Water.
- The Denver Botanic Garden is the ideal location to see many of the plants listed in the Castle Rock Plant Finder. Many of the pictures provided were taken at the Denver Botanic Gardens.
- Photos and plant descriptions were also provided by Plant Select, Little Valley Wholesale Nursery, Garden In A Box and the CSU Extension Master Gardeners.
Plant Select® is a nonprofit collaboration of Colorado State University, Denver Botanic Gardens and professional horticulturists. Their mission is to seek out and distribute the very best plants for landscapes and gardens from the inter-mountain region to the high plains and beyond.
Garden In A Box is an offering from The Center for ReSource Conservation (CRC) with professionally designed gardens containing perennial, xeric plants. Castle Rock Water partners with CRC to provide these gardens, as well as several other conservation services, to our customers.
- CSU Extension Office is a great resource for plant (and animal) information specific to Douglas County. They have several xeric plant demonstration gardens in Castle Rock including at the CSU Extension Office, 410 Fairgrounds Road, and Douglas County Government Office, 301 Wilcox.