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Xeriscape Plans

Xeriscape landscaping promotes water efficiency by using plants that are native and adaptable to Colorado's semi-arid climate. Denver Water coined the word in 1981 by combining "landscape" and the Greek word "xeros," which means dry. A well-designed Xeriscape can be a beautiful addition that can invite wildlife, provide year-round interest and save water. Learn about the seven principles the Xeriscape concept is based on, and find plans for various types of yards and conditions below. 

Budget Xeriscape Plans

With a little planning and some patience, you can Xeriscape for surprisingly little money.

Why no “Cash for Grass?”

Denver Water is seeing significant progress in reducing outdoor water use as the region grows denser, landscape irrigation practices becomes more efficient and property owners take steps on their own to transform landscapes by using more climate-appropriate plants and grasses and cutting back on turf areas.

Cash for grass is a more cost-effective approach in hotter regions, where irrigation occurs year-round. We see efficiency programs, conservation, partnerships and education, at least for now, as the best practice for the Denver region.

Denver Water is in the process of creating long-term programs to address customer needs and help remove barriers so that changing residential yards to ColoradoScape is more accessible for all.