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“A Water-Wise Garden That Works” Plant IDs

Fine Gardening - Issue 183

In “A Water-Wise Garden That Works” (Fine Gardening #183), author Patrick Quadrel begins, “In 2005, I killed my front lawn.” What he grew instead of the ubiquitous carpet of grass is draw-droppingly gorgeous. We knew our audience would not be able to stand aside and just allow the design secrets of this miraculous garden to go unshared. So to satiate your curiosity (and our own, honestly—we were curious, too!) here are the complete plant lists from Patrick’s garden featured in that article. We hope you enjoy them. Let us know your thoughts, and if you take any steps to try to recreate his design, send in photos and update us on your attempt!

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  1. Red mother-of-thyme (Thymus serpyllum Coccineum’, Zones 4-9)
  2. ‘Jeannine’ allium (Allium moly ‘Jeannine’, Zones 3-8)
  3. Rocky Mountain penstemon (Penstemon strictus, Zones 4-9)
  4. Soapweed yucca (Yucca glauca, Zones 4-8)
  5. Red-leaved rose (Rosa glauca, Zones 2-8)
  6. Zebra iris (Iris pallida ‘Variegata’, Zones 3-9)
  7. ‘Siskiyou Blue’ Idaho fescue grass (Festuca idahoensis ‘Siskiyou Blue’, Zones 5-9)
  8. Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia, Zones 5-9)
  9. ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint (Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’, Zones 4-8)
  10. Foxtail lily (Eremurus ‘Lemon Meringue’, Zones 6-9)

  1. Iris (Iris, Zones 4-9)
  2. ‘Millstream Daphne’ moss phlox (Phlox subulata ‘Millstream Daphne’, Zones 3-9)
  3. Basket-of-gold (Aurinia saxatilis, Zones 4-7)
  4. Zebra iris (Iris pallida ‘Variegata’, Zones 3-9)
  5. Dwarf globe blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘Globosa’, Zones 2-8)
  6. ‘Orange Marmalade’ foxtail lily (Eremurus ‘Orange Marmalade’, Zones 6-9)
  7. Red hot poker ‘Flamenco’ (Kniphofia uvaria ‘Flamenco’, Zones 5-9)
  8. ‘Walker’s Low’ catmint (Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’, Zones 4-8)
  9. ‘Moonshine’ yarrow (Achillea ‘Moonshine’, Zones 3-8)
  10. ‘East Friesland’ salvia (Salvia nemorosa ‘East Friesland’, Zones 4-9)
  11. Red Jupiter’s beard (Centranthus ruber coccineus, Zones 5-8)


  1. ‘Thriller’ lady’s mantle (Alchemilla mollis ‘Thriller’, Zones 3-9)
  2. Japanese maple (Acer palmatum, Zones 5-8)
  3. ‘John Cabot’ Kordesii shrub rose (Rosa ‘John Cabot’, Zones )
  4. ‘Millstream Daphne’ moss phlox (Phlox subulata ‘Millstream Daphne’, Zones 3-9)
  5. ‘East Friesland’ salvia (Salvia nemorosa ‘East Friesland’, Zones 4-9)
  6. Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia, Zones 5-9)
  7. ‘St. Mary’s Broom’ blue spruce (Picea pungens ‘St. Mary’s Broom’ on Iseli Nursery
  8. Red mother-of-thyme (Thymus serpyllum ‘Coccineum’, Zones 4-9)
  9. Rozanne geranium (Geranium ‘Gerwat’, Zones 5-8)
  10. ‘White Bud’ mugo pine (Pinus mugo ‘White Bud’, Zones 2-7)
  11. ‘Moonshine’ yarrow (Achillea ‘Moonshine’, Zones 3-8)
  12. Red-leaved rose (Rosa glauca, Zones 2-8)
  13. ‘Red Jade’ weeping cherry (Malus × scheideckeri ‘Red Jade’, Zones 4-8)
  14. ‘Carol Mackie’ daphne (Daphne × burkwoodii ‘Carol Mackie’, Zones 4-8)
  15. ‘Biokovo’ geranium (Geranium × cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’, Zones 5-8)
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