Scenic beds in Colorado Springs

Demo garden presents beautiful xeriscape

Backed by heavenly views of the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, the 3 1/2-acre Colorado Springs Utilities Xeriscape Demonstration Garden occupies an exposed site that puts plants to the test.

One bed shows how shrubs like burgundy-leafed barberry and small trees like deep green bristlecone pine can be used to reduce turf area.

In the foothills zone planting at right, a dry-stacked stone wall creates a warmer microclimate preferred by Verbascum bombyciferum 'Arctic Summer', whose powdery white stems carry yellow flowers.

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