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Make Water Work!

Introducing... the "MAKE WATER WORK in your yard" Plant Collection

Created in partnership with Bylands Nursery and the Okanagan Xeriscape Association, the Make Water Work Plant Collection brings together a palette of WaterWise plants that celebrate the beauty of what's possible in our dry climate and… Make Water Work more effectively in your yard!

WHEN DONE RIGHT, THERE ARE PLENTY OF BENEFITS

  • Create beautiful, easy-care, drought-resistant landscapes that enhance home value.
  • Reduce water use by 30-100%, depending on the plants used.
  • The Make Water Work plants chosen as part of this collection are suited to the dry Okanagan climate, and will naturally thrive.
  • During water restrictions, these plants will continue to look great.

WHY REDUCE WATER USE?

There is LESS water available per person in the Okanagan than anywhere else in Canada.
The Okanagan has one of the highest rates of water use per person in Canada.
24% of ALL water used in the Okanagan is used on our household lawns and gardens.

Water Usage Chart

Water is a finite resource. As the valley grows and costs of treating water rises, it becomes more important to make wise choices about how we use our water.

For an even more extensive listing of WaterWise plants, visit www.okanaganxeriscape.org/db

THE MAKE WATER WORK COLLECTION PROVIDES THREE SEASONS OF COLOUR INTEREST

These WaterWise plants, when combined, provide easy-to-care for gardens with various seasonal colours.

Thirft, Cushion Spurge, Catnip, Lavender, Missouri Evening Primrose, Tall Sedum, Coreopsis, Blanket Flower
Thirft, Cushion Spurge, Catnip, Lavender, Missouri Evening Primrose, Tall Sedum, Coreopsis, Blanket Flower Thirft, Cushion Spurge, Catnip, Lavender, Missouri Evening Primrose, Tall Sedum, Coreopsis, Blanket Flower

LOW MAINTENANCE, ULTRA LOW WATER USE

Below are suggested WaterWise plants for the dry Okanagan climate that, when combined, will thrive naturally even in drought conditions.

Blue Fescue, Silver Mound, Sedum, Hens & Chicks, Russian Sage, Thyme, Yucca
Thirft, Cushion Spurge, Catnip, Lavender, Missouri Evening Primrose, Tall Sedum, Coreopsis, Blanket Flower Thirft, Cushion Spurge, Catnip, Lavender, Missouri Evening Primrose, Tall Sedum, Coreopsis, Blanket Flower Thirft, Cushion Spurge, Catnip, Lavender, Missouri Evening Primrose, Tall Sedum, Coreopsis, Blanket Flower

MAKE WATER WORK PLANT CARE TIPS

Watering

  • All plants need weekly watering during the first year to get roots established. Some varieties of shrubs will need weekly watering for 2-3 additional years.
  • It is best to give the plant a slow soak, then allow the surface of the soil to dry out before watering again. This encourages deep, drought-tolerant root growth.
  • Plants in water retentive soils (such as clay) will need less supplementary water than those in sandy, fast-draining soils.

Mulching

  • A 2-3" layer of organic mulch on top of the soil is recommended.
  • Mulch helps retain moisture, minimize weeds and keeps soil surface soft for water retention.
  • It also provides plant nutrients, which helps minimize the need for supplementary fertilizers.

When to plant

  • Plants planted in the fall will have a much better root system by the following summer than plants freshly planted in the spring.

PARTICIPATING GARDEN CENTRES

North Okanagan

Blue Mountain Nursery Company
1871 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong, B.C.
Phone: 250.546.8181
E-mail: info@bluemountainnursery.ca

Swan Lake Nurseryland
7920 Highway 97, Vernon, B.C.
Phone: 250-542-7614
E-mail: admin@myswanlake.com

Central Okanagan

Kel Lake Greenhouses
4351 Shanks Rd., Lake Country, B.C.
Phone: 250-868-1889

Art Knapp Kelowna
1994 Springfield Rd., Kelowna, B.C.
Phone: 250-860-5633
E-mail: artknapp.kelowna@shaw.ca

Bylands Garden Centre
1600 Byland Road, West Kelowna, B.C.
Phone: 250-769-7272

South Okanagan

GardenWorks Penticton
670 Duncan Avenue W., Penticton, B.C.
Phone: 250-492-5703; Toll Free: 1-800-667-0765
E-mail: penticton@gardenworks.ca

Grasslands Nursery
3615 Gartrell Road, Summerland, BC
Phone: 250-494-4617
E-mail: grassnursery@telus.net

Sagebrush Nursery
7556 Island Road, Oliver, BC
Phone: 250-489-8898

Sandhu Greenhouses
9707-128 Ave.,Osoyoos, B.C.
Phone: 250-495-2676
E-mail: info@sandhugreenhouses.com

Okanagan Waterwise
Bylands
Okanagan Xeriscape Association
Okanagan WaterWise
Eco Turf Farms
Ken's Horticultural Services
Bylands Nurseries Ltd.
ProSource Irrigation Supply