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Garden In A Box, a water-smart way to garden in Colorado’s dry climate

Garden In A Box: Summer Sanctuary
Plants that use less water than grass can add a pop of color to your home. Image credit: Resource Central.

Drought has gripped Colorado for months. This spring, thirsty mountain soils are expected to absorb a significant amount of the runoff, meaning less water will be available to fill our reservoirs.

Now is the time to be looking ahead and planning to use less water, especially outside. Among Denver Water customers, outdoor water use accounts for more than 50% of residential water use, so planting a water-wise garden is one way to reduce your outdoor water footprint.

Garden In A Box is currently sold out for the spring season. Resource Central will offer more gardens for fall, starting in August. We encourage customers to sign up for Resource Central’s notifications and email list to receive alerts and tips for xeric gardening.

You can still create your own garden this spring.

Why plant a low-water garden?

  • Easy water savings: Replacing just 100 square feet of lawn and hand-watering Garden In A Box’s water-smart plants can help you save more than 1,000 gallons of water the first year, and even more after three years.
  • Curb appeal: Resource Central’s starter plants (not seeds) quickly add a pop of natural color and beauty to your yard.
  • Attract local pollinators: The colorful gardens offer an attractive habitat for butterflies and bees.
  • No green thumb required: Garden In A Box includes a plant-by-numbers map and a guide to caring for the growing plants.