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:
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 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 12 starter plants.
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 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 15 starter plants.
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 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.
BONUS: In May, Cofer's is offering 20% off the purchase of a complete H2GrOw Native Collection. Look in your Spring WaterSource newsletter (delivered to the mailbox of ACC water customers) for a $10 coupon* to save even more!
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.
- Your Better Yard: Enhance your landscapes with water-saving techniques and technologies that fit your lifestyle and yard type.
- Find It, Flag It, Fix It: Landscape Checklist: Do you have an irrigation system? Go through the checklist to make sure it is saving you water and money.
- Right Plant, Right Place: Walter Reeves, The Georgia Gardener
- Landscaping Tips: EPA WaterSense offers tips for water-smart landscape success.
- What to Plant: EPA offers plant lists for your area
- Watering Tips: EPA offers tips to help you water smarter, not harder
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.