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Landscape + Water - Plant Material
Site landscaping reduces storm water run-off and includes drought tolerant native adapted species limiting the amount of watering necessary to keep plants healthy. Used to demonstrate that certain, easily grown and maintained perennials can embody both structure and color throughout summer and fall. Once established, these plants will no longer require irrigation.

In addition to the landscaping around the Rancho Verde site, several other measures have been taken to reduce water needs and to limit stormwater run-off.

The flowing drifts of Panicum ‘Rotstrahlbush’ and Salix p. ‘Nana’ (grasses) create the year-round swaying framework for Rancho Verde. As they mature, both varieties will be clipped into undulating hedges that spotlight various sustainable plant communities.

In the spring, the tough Salvia n. ‘Blue Hill’ (sage) begins its aggressive, season-long drive to cover ground and mirror the sky with its baby blue mass of flowers. Penstemon ‘Husker’s Red’ (beard-tongue) creates night in this display with its maroon foliage and miniature, white bellflowers.

In later summer, the Liatris ‘Kobold’ (gay feather/blazing star), Monarda ‘Jacob Cline’ (bee balm), Stachys ‘Hummelo’ (betony) and Echinacea p. ‘Ruby Star’ (cone flower) take center stage.