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Painted Shade


Adaptable / Part shade | 100 sqft | 28 starter plants


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Add strokes of color to the partly shaded areas of your landscape with the popular Painted Shade garden. Hues of blue, lavender and purple abound in this gorgeous garden. From spring to fall, watch this colorful garden offer a playground for butterflies and birds with 28 versatile plants. “Paint” your landscape with this 100 sqft garden that features 28 adaptable/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: Alison Peck of Matrix Gardens
  • Covers: 100 sqft
  • Purchase Includes:
    • 28 starter plants with 10 different varieties in 4-inch pots
    • 2 plant by number layout options (14' x 7' rectangle and 10' square)
    • Printed educational materials with watering guidelines and plant maintenance suggestions
  • Exposure: Adaptable / Part shade (only 4 hrs. of direct or indirect sun per day; many plants can thrive in over 4 hrs. of direct sun per day)
  • Mature Height Range: 4 in to 4 ft
  • Hardiness Max: 6,000 ft
  • Bloom Time: Early spring to fall
  • Benefits:
    • Locally grown
    • Pollinator supporting
    • 1 of 10 plants are native to Colorado
    • 3 of 11 plants are rabbit resistant*
    • 8 of 11 plants are deer resistant*
*We cannot guarantee rabbit or deer resistance!

Plant Varieties

  • Husker Red Penstemon

    Husker Red Penstemon

    Quantity: 2

    Attracts: Bees

  • Blue Cranesbill

    Blue Cranesbill

    Quantity: 1

    Attracts: Bees, Butterflies

  • Sweet Woodruff

    Sweet Woodruff

    Quantity: 3

    Attracts: Butterflies

  • Blue Pincushion

    Blue Pincushion

    Quantity: 4

    Attracts: Bees, Butterflies

  • Korean Feather Reed Grass

    Korean Feather Reed Grass

    Quantity: 3

    Attracts: Birds

  • Palace Purple Coral Bells

    Palace Purple Coral Bells

    Quantity: 4

    Attracts: Hummingbirds

  • Plumbago


    Quantity: 3

    Attracts: Butterflies

  • Red Avens

    Red Avens

    Quantity: 1

    Attracts: Bees, Butterflies, Hummingbirds

  • Yellow Columbine

    Yellow Columbine

    Quantity: 3

    Attracts: Bees, Birds, Butterflies

  • Silver Beacon Dead Nettle

    Silver Beacon Dead Nettle

    Quantity: 4

    Attracts: Bees, Butterflies

What To Expect

  • Our xeric gardens feature anywhere from 14 to 30 starter plants in 4-inch pots.* Upon pickup, plants will be small relative to their mature size and they may not be in full bloom.
  • Occasionally things don't grow as planned. When necessary, Resource Central may select appropriate plant substitutions for any plants listed in this garden. 
  • "First year they sleep, second year they creep, the third year they leap!" During the first and second growing seasons, 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 2 to 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).

What Customers Say

Quality Plants and Design

“The plants are the best quality around and I love the pre-made designs. My yard looks amazing!”

Denver Water Customer

Xeriscape Made Easy

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

City of Lafayette Customer

Fun and Easy Process

“The process to order and pick up the gardens was simply amazing! Cannot wait to watch the gardens grow! Thank you so much!”

Town of Erie Customer