Garden in a Box

Mountain Shadows


Part shade | 98 sqft | 27 starter plants


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Escape the sweltering summer heat by lounging in the shade with the Mountain Shadows garden. It’s perfect for the part shade areas of your landscape. It offers unique xeric perennials that will invite you to take a closer look. The blooming Crimson Star Columbine puts on a show with its popping reds and whites. The wand-like panicles of the Pink 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. Relax in your yard’s dappled shade with this 98 sqft garden highlighting 27 part shade, xeric perennials.


At times, we may have to substitute specific plants but we will always do our best to maintain the color and feel of this garden.

Product Details

  • Designed by: Bill Melvin of Ecoscape Environmental Design
  • Covers: 98 sqft
  • Includes:
    • 27 starter plants with 11 different varieties in 4-inch pots
    • 1 plant by number layout option (14' x 7' rectangle)
  • Exposure: Part shade (only 4 hrs. of direct or indirect sun per day)
  • Mature Height Range: 6 in to 3 ft
  • Hardiness Max: 6,500 ft
  • Bloom Time: Early spring to fall
  • Benefits:
    • Locally grown
    • Pollinator supporting
    • 3 of 11 plants are native to Colorado
    • 6 of 11 plants are rabbit resistant*
    • 7 of 11 plants are deer resistant*
*We cannot guarantee rabbit or deer resistance!

Plant Varieties

  • Alpine Aster

    Alpine Aster

    Quantity: 4

    Attracts: Bees, Butterflies

  • Blue Cranesbill

    Blue Cranesbill

    Quantity: 1

    Attracts: Bees, Butterflies

  • Carey Quinn Red Daylily

    Carey Quinn Red Daylily

    Quantity: 2

    Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

  • Clustered Bellflower

    Clustered Bellflower

    Quantity: 2

    Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

  • Corsican Violet

    Corsican Violet

    Quantity: 4

  • Crimson Star Columbine

    Crimson Star Columbine

    Quantity: 2

    Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

  • Husker Red Penstemon

    Husker Red Penstemon

    Quantity: 2

    Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

  • Prairie Junegrass

    Prairie Junegrass

    Quantity: 3

    Attracts: Birds

  • Pink Whirling Butterflies

    Pink Whirling Butterflies

    Quantity: 2

    Attracts: Butterflies, Hummingbirds

  • Sticky Geranium

    Sticky Geranium

    Quantity: 2

    Attracts: Bees, Butterflies

  • White Nancy Nettle

    White Nancy Nettle

    Quantity: 3

    Attracts: Bees

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.

What Customers Say

No More Trial and Error

"Great idea! I have tried to plant a water wise flower garden in the past with a lot of trial and error. The Garden In A Box gave me a variety of plants that all do well in our climate and soil conditions. My yard looks fantastic!"

City of Louisville Customer

Repeat Customer

"Our plants are doing so well! This is our second year purchasing a box and we have been so pleased. We recommend you to everyone we know!”

City of Thornton Customer

Great Overall Experience

"Great experience! High quality plants and pick up was very coordinated...we were in and out quickly! I will be removing more grass next spring and purchase again.”

Denver Water Customer