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Low-Maintenance Xeriscape Plans

Low-maintenance tips

With some planning, you can have an attractive, colorful and fragrant yard that is easy to maintain and doesn’t use much water.

  • Less grass means less mowing and fertilizing.
  • Trees with small lacy leaves, such as Honeylocusts, provide shade in the summer and easy clean-up in the fall.
  • Many shrubs provide color, texture and fragrance and require little maintenance beyond occasional pruning.
  • Some perennials require ongoing removal of dead flowers. If you're not willing to spend that much time in your garden, select a less demanding plant.

Easy Living Plan

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Code Quantity Common Names Botanical
A 3 Mohican viburnum Vibernum lantana “Mohican”
B 5 Yellow flowering currant Ribes aureum
C 12 Creeping grape holly Mahonia repens
D 1 Hackberry Celtis occidentalis
E 7 Coral bells Heuchera sanguinea
F 13 Kinnikinnick Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
G 4 Hancock coralberry Symphoricarpos x chenaultii “Hancock”
H 1 Redleaf rose Rosa glauca
I 5 Autumn joy sedum Sedum “Autumn Joy”
J 6 Purple iceplant Delosperma cooperi
K 7 Mexican evening primrose Oenothera berlandieri “Siskiyou”
L 4 Moonbeam coreopsis Coreopsis verticillata “Moonbeam”
M 11 Blue avena grass Helictotrichon sempervirens
N 7 Dwarf maiden grass Miscanthus sinensis “Yaka Jima”
O 3 Russian sage Perovskia atriplicifolia
P 6 Blue mist spirea Caryopteris clandonensis
Q 9 Blue fescue Festuca ovina glauca
R 7 Feather reed grass Calamagrostis acutiflora “Karl Foerster”

Western Classic Plan

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Code Quantity Common Names Botanical
A 20 Snow-in-summmer Cerastium tomentosum
B 16 Dragon’s blood sedum Sedum spurium “Dragon’s Blood”
C 11 Tall blue rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus nauseosus albicaulis
D 6 Karl Foerster grass Calamagrostis acutiflora “Karl Foerster”
E 11 Winter fat Ceratoides lanata
F 20 Purple iceplant Delosperma cooperi
G 3 Lena broom Cytisus x “Lena”
H 1 Blackhaw viburnum Viburnum prunifolium
I 2 Tammy juniper Juniperus sabina “Tamariscifolia”
J 5 Cutleaf sumac Rhus typhina “Laciniata”
K 6 Chanticleer pear Pyrus calleryana “Chanticleer”
L 65 Nevada bearberry Artostaphylos nevadensis
M 70 Beacon silver nettle Lamium maculatum “Beacon Silver”
N 2 Holbert juniper Juniperus media “Holbert”
O 42 English lavender Lavandula angustifolia “Munstead”
P 2 Harison yellow rose Rosa harisonii
Q 8 Rugosa rose Rosa rugosa
R 4 Fernbush Chamaebatiaria millefolium
S 3 Blue velvet honeysuckle Lonicera korolkowii var floribunda “Blue Velvet”
T 1 Manhattan blue juniper Juniperus virginiana “Manhattan Blue”
U 3 Purple leaf plum Prunus cistena
V 4 Royal gold woadwaxen Genista tinctoria “Royal Gold”
W 1 Vanhoutte spirea Spiraea x vanhouttei
X 2 Scandia juniper Juniperus sabina “Skandia”
Y 10 Plumbago Ceratostigma plumbaginoides
Z 6 Flame grass Miscanthus sinensis “Purpurascens”
AA 4 Skyrocket juniper Juniperus scopulorum “Skyrocket”