Make Water Work Plant Collection | Okanagan WaterWise
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Created in partnership with 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 the Okanagan climate and… Make Water Work more effectively in your yard!

When combined, these plants provide easy-to-care-for gardens with various seasonal colours that will thrive naturally, even in drought conditions.

The collection includes 105 perennials, grasses, trees and shrubs.

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Perennials

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German Iris

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Blanket Flower

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Hardy Ice Plant

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Bigroot Cranesbill

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Wooly Thyme

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Blue Flax

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Butterfly Gaura

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Chives

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Cushion Spurge

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Walkers Low Catmint

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Firewitch Pinks

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Garlic Chives

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Gloriosa Daisy

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Heartleaf Bergenia

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Hen and Chicks

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Jupiters Beard

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Lambs Ears

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Thread-leaf Coreopsis

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Missouri Eveening Primrose

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Moonshine Yarrow

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Nodding Onion

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Ostrich Fern

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Prickly Pear Cactus

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Thyme

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Rhubarb

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Russian Sage

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Sage (herb)

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Salvia Caradonna

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Santolina

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Sea Lavender

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Silver Mound

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Stella D’Oro Daylily

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Stonecrop Purplee

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Barrenwort

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Dusseldorf Pride Thrift

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Lavendar

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Perennial Candytuft

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Red Rocks Penstemon

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Yucca

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Grasses

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Blue Fescue

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Blue Gramma Grass

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Blue Hair Grass

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Blue Moor Grass

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Blue Oat Grass

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Blue Sedge

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Bluebunch Wheatgrass
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Feather Reed

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Hardy Pampas Grass

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Heavy Metal Switch Grass

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Little Bluestem

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Mexican Feather Grass

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Northern Sea Oats

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Prairie Dropseed

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Big Bluestem

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Karl Foerster Feather Reed

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Shrubs

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Saskatoon Serviceberry

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Dwarf Arctic Willow

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Beauty Bush

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Black Currant

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Blanc De Coubert Rose

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Blue Elderberry

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Blue Mist Spirea

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Slowmound Mugo Pine

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Tiger Eyes Sumac

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European Privet

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Fernbush

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Wax Currant

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Gro Low Sumac

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Hansa Rose

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Hicks Yew

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Japanese Barberry

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Common Lilac

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Miss Kim Lilac

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Mock Orange Waterton

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Northern Gold Forsythia

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Oregon Grape

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Rabbitbrush

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Red Currant

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Winter Creeper

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Gold Coast Juniper

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Hedge Cotoneaster

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Juniper Moon Glow

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Juniper Skyrocket

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Potentilla

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Soopolallie

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Spruce Baby Blue

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Spruce Little Gem

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Trees

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Amur Maple

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Apricot

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Golden Rain Tree

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Green Ash

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Common Hackberry

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Italian Plum

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Ivory Silk Lilac

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Japanese Pagoda

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Kentucky Coffee Tree

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Maidenhair

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Weeping Caragana

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Thornless Honeylocust

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Wayfaring Tree

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Purple Robe Mexican Locust

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Paul’s Scarlet Hawthorne

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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.

Planting

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

Plant Collection Benefits

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  • 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.

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
Phone: 250-546-3002

Blue Mountain Nursery Company
1871 Pleasant Valley Rd.
Armstrong, BC
Phone: 250.546.8181

Swan Lake Nurseryland
7920 Highway 97
Vernon, BC
Phone: 250-542-7614

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

Central Okanagan

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

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

South Okanagan

GardenWorks Penticton
670 Duncan Avenue W.
Penticton, BC
Phone: 250-492-5703
Toll Free: 1-800-667-0765

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

Sandhu Greenhouses
9707-128 Ave.
Osoyoos, BC
Phone: 250-495-2676