H2GrOw Water-Wise Native Collections

We take the guesswork out of creating a water-efficient garden with our H2GrOw Water-Wise Native Collections.  Professionally designed landscapes combine native perennials with an easy "plant by number" guide for installation.  The gardens are perfect for residents looking to incorporate drought-tolerant plantings to replace turf or add color to a bare spot.  

Look below to pick the right garden for your yard and learn how you can easily pick up a garden from Cofer's Home & Garden Showplace.  Scroll further for resources, including the importance of "Right Plant, Right Place," for even more tips to provide growing success.

Pick an H2GrOw Native Collection:

A flower garden of purples and oranges

Painted Piedmont

Paint your yard with the array of beautiful colors offered by the native perennials in the Painted Piedmont collection. Shades of yellows, whites, and pinks blend to create a breathtaking masterpiece. This drought-tolerant garden is a great choice to brighten up areas with full sun while also providing food and habitat for various pollinators, including bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. 

Download Painted Piedmont Rectangular Guide

Download Painted Piedmont Oval Guide

See plants, suggested garden design, maintenance, water needs, and potential pollinators.
Designed for 60 sq. ft. area with eight drought-tolerant species, a total of 13 starter plants.

A flower garden of orange and pink flowers

Sunnyside Selection

Let your landscape shine with the delightful shades of orange and purple full sun perennials offered in the Sunnyside Selection.  Entice pollinators to visit your garden with these carefully chosen water-wise native plants, including Butterfly Milkweed, a 2021 Georgia Pollinator Plant of the Year.  

Download Sunnyside Selection Rectangular Guide

Download Sunnyside Selection Oval Guide

See plants, suggested garden design, maintenance, water needs, and potential pollinators.
Designed for a 60 sq. ft area with eight water-wise species, a total of 14 starter plants.    

A flower garden in the shade

Shady Sanctuary

Create a Shady Sanctuary to escape to in your own yard with this pre-designed garden. Peaceful purples with pops of red can create a surprise to brighten even the shadiest corners of your landscape. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds will find the pollinator species mixed among the native perennials in your ecologically friendly landscaping.
The Shady Sanctuary includes native plants but may have more significant water needs than the gardens for full sun.

Download Shady Sanctuary Rectangular Guide

Download Shady Sanctuary Oval Guide 

See plants, suggested garden design, maintenance, water needs, and potential pollinators.
Designed for a 40 sq. ft. area with seven species, a total of 15 starter plants.

Pick Up Your Garden

The Water Conservation Office has partnered with Cofer's Home & Garden Showplace to offer three predesigned gardens, two for full sun and one for shade.  Cofer's plant experts can help you gather the specified plants for your chosen collection, as well as offer soil and planting recommendations.  Once established, the garden has minimal water requirements, saving you time, money, & water.

How Does Your Garden H2GrOw?
Have you installed your H2GrOw garden and want to show it off? Snap a photo or three of your water-efficient landscape and share it with us.

Why Native Plants?

Some of the key advantages of native plants include:

  • Native plants do not require fertilizers.
  • Native plants require fewer pesticides than lawns.
  • Native plants require less water than lawns.
  • Native plants help reduce air pollution by eliminating mowing.
  • Native plants provide shelter and food for wildlife.
  • Native plants promote biodiversity and stewardship of our natural heritage.
  • Native plants save money.

Gardening for Success

Get your new H2GrOw garden off to the right start with these resources.

Right Plant, Right Place
"Fitting a square peg in a round hole."  A commonly used phrase that describes trying to fit something in where it's not ideally suited.  Within the Green Industry, a concept has long been born that is the antithesis of this "square peg, round hole" attempt.  This idea is known as "right plant, right place."  But what does that mean? 

"Right plant, right place" is centered around proper plant selection that matches a plant to a planting site based on the characteristics of both.  Characteristics considered include light requirements vs. the amount of sun/shade, plant size vs. available space, and water requirements vs. water availability and drainage, all critically important to the survival and success of a plant in its new home.  A proper match can reduce water use and allow a plant the best opportunity to survive in drought or plenty.  It's easier to change plant selection than to change site characteristics or maintain a plant where it's not its happiest.  And so, we continue to educate and share the importance of "right plant, right place!" – Jeremy Oxford, GGIA Chairman


* Look in the Spring 2021 WaterSource newsletter mailed to Athens-Clarke County water customers for a $10 coupon good towards a complete H2GrOw Native Collection (Painted Piedmont, Sunny-side Selection, or Shady Sanctuary).  Must be used for the purchase of an entire collection; not applicable to purchase of individual plants.  Coupon expires May 31, 2021.  Coupon is not redeemable for cash.  One coupon per customer.  Coupon must be rendered to Cofer's Home & Garden Showplace at time of purchase.