Garden in a Box

Cool Connection – For Partner Utility Customers ONLY!

Designed By: Julia Viel, Horticulturist for the City of Boulder


Save $25 in participating cities on select products. Applied at checkout. Learn more
  • Covers: 72 sq. ft.
  • Includes: 23 starter plants in 4-inch pots
  • Exposure: Full Sun (requires a minimum of 6 hours per day)

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Note!  This garden is reserved for the following water customers in these districts only:

  • Centennial Water & Sanitation, Cottonwood Water & Sanitation, Town of Eaton, Fort Collins Utilities, City of Greeley, Loveland Water & Power, City of Northglenn, and City of Westminster.
  • Please do not purchase this garden if you are outside of these areas.

Kick back, relax, and enjoy the view with the Cool Connection garden! A longstanding Garden In A Box favorite, Cool Connection returns this fall with its soft hues of pinks, purples, and blues. Featuring Husker Red Penstemon, Dwarf Blue Larkspur, and Rose Queen Salvia, you’ll be sure to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, and the rich reds of Switchgrass in late summer are a striking addition to any garden. Cool Connection includes 23 plants and has four unique 72 square foot plant by number designs. Beat the heat and keep your landscape cool and beautiful with this Garden In A Box classic!

Product Details

  • Covers: 72 sq. ft.
  • Includes:
    • 23 starter plants with 9 different varieties in 4-inch pots
    • 4 plant by number layout options (12' x 6' rectangle, 10' diameter circle, 2 12' x 3' sidewalk strips and 12' x 6' rectangle with wavy edge)
  • Exposure: Full Sun (requires a minimum of 6 hours per day)
  • Mature Height: 6in. to 4 ft.
  • Hardy To: 7,000 to 9,000 feet
  • Colorful: Early Spring to Fall
  • Benefits: Locally grown and pollinator friendly

What To Expect

  • Xeric Gardens feature anywhere from 14 to 27 starter plants in 4-inch pots. Plants will be small relative to their mature size, and they will not be in full bloom.
  • During the 1st and 2nd growing season, xeric plants will be in the establishment phase – requiring regular watering to encourage a deep taproot system, and not yet having reached their full size.
  • On average, allow 3 years for your Xeriscape garden to reach full maturity!
  • Gardens will easily fit in a small car. One garden will come in either one or two 2 ft. x 1ft. trays (pictured left).

Garden Varieties / Plant Specifics


What is a “Garden In A Box” and what does it include?

Most simply put, “Garden In A Box” is an easy, professionally designed, do it yourself xeric (low water) perennial kit.

Gardens include 14-27 starter plants that come in either 4-inch. These plants come in rectangular 2 ft. x 1 ft. trays (see photo below), and will be hardened-off and ready to plant when you pick them up!

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Each garden also includes 1-4 professionally designed plant by number maps that make it easy to install your own perennial garden at home, and a comprehensive Plant and Care Guide that includes everything you will need to know to prepare for, plant, and maintain your new garden.

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How do I get my Garden In A Box?

All gardens will be available for pick up at one of our convenient distribution locations during the month of September. (For the complete 2018 Garden In A Box pick up schedule, see below.) To select your pick up, you must “Proceed to Checkout” on our online store where you will then be prompted to select your pick up location, date, and time. We do not ship our plants. 

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How do I claim my $25 discount?

You may be eligible for a $25 discount on our pre-planned Xeriscape garden collection through your water provider. To claim your discount you will have to first “Proceed to Check Out” in the garden store where you will be prompted to select your water provider. Your discount(s) should then automatically be applied to your order.

Discounts are limited, so make sure you order your garden sooner rather than later! 

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Am I eligible for a $25 discount on the Cool Connection garden?

Residents in participating cities can receive a $25 discount on xeric gardens as long as discounts are still available.

2018 Fall participating cities include:

  • Arvada
  • Centennial Water
  • Cottonwood Water and Sanitation District
  • Denver Water
  • Eaton
  • Fort Collins Utilities
  • Greeley
  • Loveland Water and Power
  • Northglenn
  • Westminster

Whether you reside in a participating city or not, you may purchase a garden without the discount

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Where are the 2018 Garden In A Box pick up locations?

  • Saturday, September 15th
    • Boulder County, Resource Central, 6400 Arapahoe Rd, 80303, 12-3pm
    • Denver, Greenwood Village City Hall, 6060 S. Quebec St, 80111, 12-3pm
  • Wednesday, September 19th
    • Highlands Ranch, Civic Green Park: 9370 Ridgeline Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80129, 4-7pm.  Please enter from Burgundy street (the east side) and drive west to pick up your gardens. The pick up will take place at the west end of Green Ash Street along the sidewalk.
  • Thursday, September 20th
    • Northglenn (Adams County), Maintenance and Operations Facility, 12301 Claude Ct, 80241, 4-7pm
  • Saturday, September 22nd
    • Westminster/Arvada, Westminster City Hall, 4800 W 92nd Ave, 80031, 12-3pm
    • Fort Collins/Loveland, Front Range Community College, 4616 S. Shields St, 80526, 12-3pm
  • Saturday, September 29th
    • Greeley/Eaton, Greeley Xeric Gardens, 2503 Reservoir Rd, 80634, 12-3pm

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I can't make it to my pick up. Can someone else pick up my garden?

Absolutely. Just make sure that they know the first and last name on the order and what exactly you ordered. 

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Does my Garden In A Box come with or in a box?

No, not exactly. Your Garden In A Box can easily be planted in a raised bed or garden “box,” but it does not include an actual box to plant the garden in. For full details on what your Garden In A Box does include, see above – “What is a ‘Garden In A Box’ and what does it include?” 

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Will the garden/s fit in my car?

Probably, but this will depend on how many gardens you have purchased. Each garden will come with either one or two 2 ft. x 1 ft. trays of plants, so please plan accordingly.

Gardens with one 2 ft. x 1 ft. tray:
• Purple Reign
• Xeric Greatest Hits

Gardens with two 2 ft. x 1 ft. trays:
• Morning Sunrise
• Seasons of Shade
• Cool Connection

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Where do the plants come from?

All our plants are born and raised in Colorado. Our perennial plants come from Little Valley Wholesale Nursery in Brighton, one of the largest and most reputable nurseries in Colorado. 

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Have the plants been treated with neonicotinoids?

No. None of our plants have ever been treated with neonicotinoids. 

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What is your return policy?

Refunds are accepted until 10 business days prior to your requested pick up. Once you have received your garden there are no exchanges or returns. See our general FAQ’s for plant-health related issues. 

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What Customers Say

We Take Care of the Design For You!

“One of the biggest benefits of the Garden in a Box for me was the pre-planned selection and planting guide. I didn't have to do any research or figure out what looks best. I just spaced the plants out dug a hole. Done! For me it was the path of least resistance.”

City of Fort Collins Customer

Great for Beginners

“My first attempt at xeriscaping is going well so far. The seminar I attended in April gave me the info I needed to prep area and to conserve water. Thanks!!!”

City of Lafayette Customer

Water Conservation Made Easy

"This is such a wonderful program for those of us who want to do something to be more sustainable in our use of water. The volunteer distribution in Boulder was amazing. I will be planting more of these gardens."

City of Boulder Customer