The Larimer County Planning Department produced and offers two award-winning landscaping documents in the world of xeriscape. The first document is the "Larimer County Landscaping Guide" [pdf] which has detailed sections on approaches to xeriscape design and plants. The guide provides specific information on exactly what xeriscape is, and also on what it is not. It also includes additional sources for information. The second is the 125-page "Larimer County Plant List" [pdf] written specifically for our area. The Plant List provides detailed information on recommended plants for a site based on several factors such as where it is located, how much sun it gets, and how much water is available.
This past spring the Larimer County Planning Department received an "Honor Award" in the Planning and Urban Design category, a Professional Design Award from the Colorado Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (CCASLA), for both the Plant List and Landscape Guide. A display board highlighting parts of both documents is currently part of a traveling exhibit being shown at promotional events around Colorado.