X-Rated Plants

What are X-rated plants? Xeric or low-water plants should be part of every Colorado landscape. If you do not know about them, now is the time to learn! Xeric plants are rated by their drought tolerance. Xeric plants that you can grow in Colorado include trees like Bur Oak and Pinyon Pine, favorite shrubs like Lilac and Spirea, perennials such as Penstemon and Yarrow, and even annuals like Portulaca and California Poppy.


X-rating System:

X = Thrives in slightly dry conditions (about 1 inch of water per week)

XX = Thrives in dry conditions (about 1/2 inch of water per week)

XXX = Thrives in very dry conditions (about 1/2 inch of water every 2 weeks)

Don’t forget native plants and Plant Select® options for your xeriscape garden. The City of Fort Collins even offers a Xeriscape Incentive Program. And to help you get started, a great resource we recommend is "Xeriscape Colorado, The Complete Guide." This is a great book for those who are wanting an in-depth look at xeriscaping in Colorado.


Caution: Just because a plant is xeric, doesn’t mean you don’t have to water it. Most drought-tolerant plants need 2 to 3 years of regular watering to establish an adequate root system. Water well during establishment and then gradually reduce irrigation.


Have Questions?

We are here and happy to help! Also, Bath Landscape Design and Irrigation has great experience with installing xeric landscapes, so if this is something that interest you, get in touch with a landscape designer today!

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