Garden in a Box

Mountain Shadows

Designed by: Bill Melvin of Ecoscape Environmental Design


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  • Covers: 98 sq. ft.
  • Includes: 27 starter plants in 4-inch pots
  • Exposure: Part shade (only 4 hrs. of direct or indirect sun per day)

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The Mountain Shadows Garden In A Box is perfect for the part sun or part shade areas of your landscape, and it offers unique xeric perennials that stand out in a crowd. The blooming Crimson Star Columbine puts on a show with its popping reds and whites. The wand-like panicles of the Pink Cloud Whirling Butterflies give the impression of butterflies floating and spinning atop your garden. The Corsican Violets create a stunning garden border by forming a river of purple blooms. Mountain Shadows fits into a 98 sq. ft. space and features 27 plants. Relax in your yard’s dappled shade with this striking water-wise garden.

Product Details

  • Covers: 98 sq. ft.
  • Includes:
    • 27 starter plants with 11 different varieties in 4-inch pots
    • 1 plant by number layout option (14 ft. x 7 ft. rectangle)
  • Exposure: Part Shade (only 4 hrs. of direct or indirect sun per day)
  • Mature Height Range: 6 in. to 3 ft.
  • Hardiness Range: 6,500 to 10,000 ft.
  • Colorful: Early spring to fall
  • Benefits: Locally grown and pollinator friendly

What To Expect

  • Our xeric gardens feature anywhere from 14 to 30 starter plants in 4-inch pots. Plants will be small relative to their mature size, and they will not be in full bloom.
  • "First year they sleep, second year they creep, third year they leap!" 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  - yes, we're talking Mini Cooper small - unless you ordered multiple gardens (we're not judging). One garden will come in either one or two 2 ft. x 1 ft. trays (pictured left).
  • *When necessary, Resource Central shall select appropriate plant substitutions.

Garden Varieties / Plant Specifics

What Customers Say

Perfect for Shady Areas

I'm so excited to watch my garden grow! I've had a hard time in the past with finding shade loving, low water plants for my yard, so this was perfect!

City of Longmont Customer

Create a Unique Garden with Ease

We are extremely satisfied with our garden and the materials provided along with the plants. I love that our garden now has low water usage plants that are not as common as some of the other plants frequently used in front range landscaping. I feel like the design is thoughtfully done and I learned a lot! Thank you! We have been telling all of our neighbors about the Garden In A Box program for next year.

City of Loveland Customer

Comes With a Helpful Planting Guide

Fabulous program for inexperienced gardeners like myself. The professional design and the planting guide saves so much time to prepare and almost assures success. Would never have tried a project on this scale ever!!!

City of Westminster Customer