Established in 1979

June 10, 2024

The Wheat Ridge Yellow Door – A Landscaping and Xeriscaping Success Story

The Initial Client Request and Design 

The Wheat Ridge Yellow Door project began with a clear vision from the homeowners: to transform their front yard into a beautiful, low-maintenance landscape that harmonized with the Colorado climate. Little Foot Landscaping was brought on board to bring this vision to life. The client expressed a desire for a vibrant yet sustainable yard, featuring Colorado native plants and efficient irrigation systems to minimize water usage. This initial consultation focused on understanding the client’s aesthetic preferences and functional needs, leading to a comprehensive design plan that balanced beauty with sustainability.

Little Foot Landscaping Project Wheat Ridge Yellow Door-03 Grey House With Yellow Door and a Xeriscaped Landscape including white rocks and indigenous Colorado plants
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Comprehensive Landscaping Services Provided In Wheat Ridge

Little Foot Landscaping provided a suite of services tailored to meet the unique requirements of The Wheat Ridge Yellow Door project. Each service was chosen to address specific aspects of the yard’s transformation:

  • Landscape Design and Installation: The design phase included detailed planning to ensure the yard’s layout was both aesthetically pleasing and functional. This involved creating a cohesive design that integrated various elements such as walkways, planting beds, and focal points.

  • Xeriscaping: Given the arid climate of Wheat Ridge, xeriscaping was a key component. This approach significantly reduces the need for water, which is crucial in a region known for its dry conditions. The design incorporated drought-resistant plants that thrive with minimal irrigation.

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  • Paver Walkways: To enhance the usability and appeal of the outdoor space, durable and attractive paver walkways were installed. The walkways not only provided practical pathways but also added a touch of elegance to the yard. A widened paver walkway was specifically designed to enhance the walk up to the home, creating a welcoming and visually appealing entrance. The old pavers were upcycled to create a less hidden walkway to the new gate.

  • Sprinkler Drip System and Irrigation: An efficient irrigation system was crucial for maintaining the health of the plants while conserving water. Little Foot Landscaping installed a drip irrigation system that delivers water directly to the plant roots, reducing waste and promoting optimal growth.

  • Artforms Modular Panel System Planter: The installation of custom planters provided a practical and aesthetic benefit to the landscape. These planters allowed for a variety of plants to be showcased in strategic locations, enhancing the visual appeal of the yard. Planters also made it easier to manage specific plant needs, such as soil type and moisture levels, and offered a versatile solution for adding greenery to hardscape areas.

Artforms Modular Panel System Planter

Sustainable Beauty – The Role of Native Plants

Choosing the right plants was a critical aspect of The Wheat Ridge Yellow Door project. Little Foot Landscaping selected a variety of Colorado native and xeriscape-friendly plants to ensure the landscape’s sustainability and beauty:

  • Pink Ice Plants: These vibrant flowers were chosen for their drought tolerance and ability to add a splash of color to the yard.
  • Mugo Pine: This hardy evergreen was included for its year-round greenery and low maintenance needs.
  • Bright Yucca: Known for its striking appearance, Bright Yucca thrives in dry conditions and adds a dramatic element to the landscape.
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  • Manzanita Colorado: This plant was selected for its unique texture and colorful berries, which add visual interest.
  • Red Hot Pokers: These tall, colorful flower spikes attract pollinators and bring height to the planting beds.
  • English Lavender: Chosen for its fragrance and minimal water requirements, lavender adds both beauty and practicality.
  • Lilac: This plant provides seasonal color and a delightful fragrance, enhancing the sensory experience of the yard.
  • Rocky Mountain Penstemon: Attracting pollinators and adding color, this plant was a natural choice for the xeriscape garden.
  • Red Yucca: Another drought-tolerant option, Red Yucca adds vibrant red flowers to the mix.
  • Hummingbird Plant: Selected to attract wildlife, this plant requires little maintenance and adds ecological value.
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The Conclusion

The Wheat Ridge Yellow Door project is a testament to the transformative power of thoughtful landscaping and xeriscaping. Little Foot Landscaping successfully turned the client’s vision into reality, creating a stunning, low-maintenance yard that not only enhances the home’s curb appeal but also supports sustainable gardening practices. The homeowners are thrilled with the results, spending evenings admiring their beautiful new landscape and receiving numerous compliments from neighbors and passersby. This project highlights Little Foot Landscaping’s expertise in combining aesthetic appeal with environmental responsibility.


Xeriscaping is a landscaping method that reduces the need for irrigation by using drought-tolerant plants and efficient watering systems.

Native plants are well-adapted to the local climate, require less water, and are more resistant to local pests and diseases.

Drip irrigation delivers water directly to the plant roots through a network of tubes, reducing water waste and promoting healthy plant growth.

Hardscaping elements provide structural support, prevent soil erosion, and create aesthetically pleasing outdoor living spaces.

Yes, water features can be included in xeriscaped yards, often using recirculating systems to minimize water use.


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