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What is Xeriscape?

Our design guidelines are founded on the principles of xeriscape. Why Xeriscape? For most of the western United States over fifty percent of residential water used is applied to landscape and lawns. Xeriscape is a system of principles that can reduce landscape water use by 60% or more. These principles integrate design and planning, efficient irrigation, practical lawn areas, proper plant use, mulching and good maintenance.


Efficient water use doesn't mean changing our lifestyle or living without lawn areas where are children can play. It means reducing water waste, such as improper irrigation, and finding ways to achieve attractive, comfortable landscapes without excess water use.  For example, if  you have a steep slope that is impossible to mow or irrigate without run off, let's plant a bed of groundcover that will retain the soil and provide color and low maintenance.


Your landscape is an investment in your comfort and in the value of your property. A good Xeriscape will increase your property value by as much as 15%. Xeriscape can also reduce water and maintenance costs by up to 60%. Ridding yourself of  unwanted edging and trimming will also increase your outdoor pleasure by a priceless percentage.


Xeriscape helps extend water supplies. When water use is restricted, inefficient water-thirsty landscapes suffer first. Protect your landscape investment by drought-proofing it.  Place your trees, shrubs and perennials in beds that can be effectively waterered by drip irrigation.  Drip irrigation promotes healthy plant growth using the right amount of water versus drowning them by turf sprays. Water districts generally will restrict the irrigation of turf during drought but allow proper drip irrigation of trees and plants to protect our urban forests.


Water your lawn separately from your beds and water when needed.  Adjust your irrigation clocks during cooler times of the year and use rain sensors to prevent over watering when mother nature is at work.


Proper selection of plants that thrive in our soils and the conditions that occur in your landscape (micro climates)  provide you with year round color and interest without wasting water and without all the fuss creating lower maintenance landscapes.


The use of patios, decks, seating areas, walkways, and even water features that promote pollinator and provide wildlife habitat are all considered xeriscape elements and increase the functionality, enjoyment and circulation of your landscape.


Using xeriscape principles you will find your maintenance decreased by measurable hours compared to a traditional landscape.  Mowing is easier, plants are healthy, and weeds are reduced.  Other beneficial factors include lower water bill, a sustainable landscape that provides year round color and interest, and free time to enjoy your landscape and all the outdoor activities Colorado provides.



  • Plan and design for resourceful water use

  • Improve the soil to relieve compaction

  • Comfortable but not excessive lawn areas

  • Irrigate efficiently

  • Select appropriate plants and group by water needs

  • Mulch to reduce evaporation

  • Provide proper maintenance

"Tanya Fisher of Colorado Vista Landscape Design created and arranged for installation of a beautiful native, drought-tolerant, xeriscape landscape at my new home in Fort Collins. I told her what I wanted and she carried it out beyond my wildest expectations! She did the front and back yards of my house. The builder-installed sod, that was exactly like every other house on the street, was removed and a beautiful dry creek bed with a flagstone walkway with gorgeous plants and trees was put in! I couldn't be happier and have been receiving numerous compliments from many people, including the builder of this development! I am forever thankful to Tanya for the outstanding look and outdoor space she created for me to enjoy with my family!" Garoupa