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Xeriscape

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It could be a lot more interesting than grass alone. It could have decks, walkways and colorful drought-resistant flowers. And it could use less water.

Xeriscape, or water-wise landscaping, uses low-water-use plants to create a landscape that’s sustainable in Colorado’s semi-arid climate. Denver Water coined the word in 1981 to help make low-water-use landscaping an easily recognized concept. Xeriscape is a combination of the word "landscape" and the Greek word "xeros," which means dry.

If designed properly, Xeriscape can be lush, colorful and easy to care for. The Xeriscape concept is based on seven principles: planning and designing, limiting turf areas, selecting and zoning plants appropriately, improving the soil, using mulch, irrigating efficiently and maintaining the landscape.

View Denver Water’s Xeriscape demonstration garden at Denver Water’s administration building, 1600 West 12th Ave. The gardens are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Denver Water also has a Xeriscape demonstration garden at Stapleton's Central Park. Parking is available next to the garden at 33rd Avenue and Alton Court.