Use this plan for a space measuring about 28 feet wide. Below is a site plan adapted to a 50-foot-wide area.

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Plant List

A. Shrubby St. John's wort (Hypericum prolificum)
Alternative: Bushy St. John's wort (Hypericum densiflorum) or other medium shrub 3 to 5 feet tall

B. Adam's needle (Yucca filamentosa)
Alternative: 'Bright Edge' yucca or other evergreen, drought-tolerant accent shrub

C. Little bluestem 'The Blues' (Schyzachyrium scoparium)
Alternative: Mexican feather grass (Nasella tenuissima) or other ornamental grass or grass-like plant, one to 2 feet tall

D. Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
Alternative: Tennessee coneflower (Echinacea tennesseensis) or other flowering herbaceous plant, 2 to 3 feet tall

E. Blackeyed Susan (Rudbeckia fulgida)
Alternative: Other flowering herbaceous plant, one to 2 feet tall

F. Creeping phlox (Phlox stolonifera)
Alternative: Rose verbena (Verbena canadensis) or other flowering groundcover, 6 to 12 inches tall

G. Blue flag iris (Iris versicolor)
Alternative: Copper iris (Iris fulva) or other tough, small groundcover, 2 to 4 inches tall

H. Widowscross (Sedum pulchellum)
Alternative: Green and gold (Chrysogonum virginianum), thyme or other moisture-tolerant herbaceous plant

Use this site plan for a space that measures 50 feet wide.


1. Stepping stone
2. Porch/Landing
3. Rain chain
4. Dry-stream bed
5. Rock/small boulder
6. Rock-lined basin or depression

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