Make Water Work Plant Collection | Okanagan WaterWise

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.

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.

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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.

The Make Water Work Plant Collection was created in partnership with Bylands Nursery and the Okanagan Xeriscape Association, to create 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.
The second largest use of water in the Okanagan is used on our household lawns and gardens.

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

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PARTICIPATING GARDEN CENTRES

Ask about the Make Water Work Plant Collection at these participating garden centres.

North Okanagan

Shepherd’s Hardware
3525 Mill St, Armstrong BC V0E 1B0
Phone: 250-546-3002

Blue Mountain Nursery Company
1871 Pleasant Valley Rd., Armstrong, B.C.
Phone: 250.546.8181
E-mail: [email protected]

Swan Lake Nurseryland
7920 Highway 97, Vernon, B.C.
Phone: 250-542-7614
E-mail: [email protected]

Nicholas Alexander Landscaping
6325 Hwy 97 97, Vernon BC V1B 3R4
Phone: 250-542-8881

Central Okanagan

Ace Hardware
3223 Woodsdale Road, Lake Country, BC V4V 1X7
Phone: 778-480-8030

Better Earth Gardens & Tropicals
1629 K. L. O. Rd, Kelowna, BC V1W 3P3
Phone: (250) 861-1881

Dogwood Nursery & Landscaping
3417 Paynter Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 1R3
Phone: (250) 768-3355

South Okanagan

GardenWorks Penticton
670 Duncan Avenue W., Penticton, B.C.
Phone: 250-492-5703; Toll Free: 1-800-667-0765
E-mail: [email protected]

Grasslands Nursery
3615 Gartrell Road, Summerland, BC
Phone: 250-494-4617
E-mail: [email protected]

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: [email protected]