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When dealing with mandatory water restrictions, reduced water use doesn't mean you need to let your landscape plants die. Here are suggestions from High Country Gardens, which specializes in eco-friendly, drought-resistant plants.

When dealing with mandatory water restrictions, reduced water use doesn't mean you need to let your landscape plants die. Here are suggestions from High Country Gardens, which specializes in eco-friendly, drought-resistant plants.

Penstemon pinifolius 'Luminous' 8-10 in. tall x 12-15 in. wide. Exclusive. This is an exceptional small growing, evergreen plant that covers itself with hundreds of bright light orange, yellow throated flowers in late spring-early summer. A western native perennial, Luminous Pineleaf Beardtongue thrives in well-drained soils with plenty of sun. High Country Gardens 2016 Plant of the Year.

Penstemon pinifolius 'Luminous' 8-10 in. tall x 12-15 in. wide. Exclusive. This is an exceptional small growing, evergreen plant that covers itself with hundreds of bright light orange, yellow throated flowers in late spring-early summer. A western native perennial, Luminous Pineleaf Beardtongue thrives in well-drained soils with plenty of sun. High Country Gardens 2016 Plant of the Year.

Salvia 'May Night' is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor and tolerance to heavy clay soils.

Salvia 'May Night' is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor and tolerance to heavy clay soils.

Fireworks is well named.  In late summer, the bright yellow sprays of tiny flowers look just like an exploding skyrocket on the 4th of July. A tall sturdy grower, it is a great companion for ornamental grasses and other late summer blooming perennials.

Fireworks is well named. In late summer, the bright yellow sprays of tiny flowers look just like an exploding skyrocket on the 4th of July. A tall sturdy grower, it is a great companion for ornamental grasses and other late summer blooming perennials.

Blue Oatgrass It's tough to beat blue oatgrass for a low-care plant with steel-blue color. It also has a wonderful mounded habit and won't spread and take over your garden. Name: Helictotrichon sempervirens Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 4-9 Plant This Grass Because: It has beautiful silvery-blue color. Native to North America: No

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Blue Oatgrass It's tough to beat blue oatgrass for a low-care plant with steel-blue color. It also has a wonderful mounded habit and won't spread and take over your garden. Name: Helictotrichon sempervirens Growing Conditions: Full sun and well-drained soil Size: To 4 feet tall Zones: 4-9 Plant This Grass Because: It has beautiful silvery-blue color. Native to North America: No

Red Velvet is one of the best with it deep rose-red, flat-topped flower heads that hold their color. Deep green, fine textured foliage, this yarrow is sure to attract butterflies wherever it's planted. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

Red Velvet is one of the best with it deep rose-red, flat-topped flower heads that hold their color. Deep green, fine textured foliage, this yarrow is sure to attract butterflies wherever it's planted. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

Buddleia Attraction is a drought & deer proof shrub for the sunny perennial garden-- beautiful red-purple flowers, blooms mid-summer through fall

Buddleia Attraction is a drought & deer proof shrub for the sunny perennial garden-- beautiful red-purple flowers, blooms mid-summer through fall

Nepeta faassenii Select Blue Catmint. Clay, sand, avg soil. Waterwise. Deer resistent. Attracts polinators. Full sun, morning sun, afternoon shade. to 15" tall, 18" wide.

Nepeta faassenii Select Blue Catmint. Clay, sand, avg soil. Waterwise. Deer resistent. Attracts polinators. Full sun, morning sun, afternoon shade. to 15" tall, 18" wide.