Plant ColoradoScape

Why XeriscapeXeric garden with mountain backdrop

Is it possible to have a beautiful, lush yard, without using a lot of water? Of course! Xeriscape is not the harshness of a mix of rocks and cactus. It is actually a method of design producing beautiful water-sustainable landscapes, using a variety of regionally adaptive plants. Xeriscape was developed in 1981 by a team of landscape architects, contractors, horticulturists, and irrigation specialists here in Colorado. While limiting turf area is a major component, xeriscape is more about putting the right plant in the right place and essentially establishing a common sense garden design in an arid climate. 

A typical xeriscape could increase your total vegetated area while simultaneously reducing water use. Thus, Castle Rock Water calls this landscaping style, ColoradoScape! Replacing turf with a variety of plants and hardscapes also adds interest, function and value to your home! 

  • Save water
  • Reduce maintenance
  • Increase value
  • Improve aesthetics and curb appeal
  • Add style and color
  • Reduce waste
  • Grow healthier plants
  • Provide a great return on investment

ColoradoScapes Design Tips

Castle Rock Water gave away an $8,000 front yard ColoradoScape to show how easy it is to change to a low-water landscape. The 2019 ColoradoScape contest winner had to put up with a water-guzzling front yard that was boring and uninspiring. Now, the curb appeal of yard is only matched by the ease of maintenance from this vibrant, yet low-water landscape. 

Learn more about the contest

ColoradoScape Tip No. 1 - Have a plan

The most important step in any yard makeover project is to have a plan. Installing those trees, plants and boulders in the right place always goes better when you have a solid design. Watch this video to learn more.

ColoradoScape Tip No. 2 - Getting started

Tired of mowing the lawn? It’s not as hard as it looks. Watch this video to learn more.

ColoradoScape Tip No. 3 - Selecting Plants 

Agastache? Pincushion? Vinca? Do you know what plants do well in Castle Rock?

ColoradoScape Tip No. 4 - Hardscape

A low-water landscape is a balance of rock, mulch and plants.

Ready to get started? 

Castle Rock Water has the tools you need to create your ColoradoScape. Steps in planning, what to take into consideration, and the plants that will do well in Castle Rock, are all at your fingertips.

ColoradoScape Design Guide (PDF)

Using plants in your design (PDF)

Sample xeric designs (PDF) courtesy of Ft. Collins Water Dept.

Castle Rock Plant Finder

ColoradoScape Design workshop