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Panchito Manzanita

Panchito Manzanita (Arctostaphylos coloradoensis) is a Colorado gardener’s dream plant. It’s evergreen, low-growing, and thrives in our dry climate. And an added bonus is that it’s a Colorado native plant, originating in the Uncompahgre Plateau near Grand Junction. Panchito Manzanita is a natural hybrid of two other native plant species, Kinnikinnick (Arctostaphylos uva ursi) and Greenleaf Manzanita (Arctostaphylos patula).

If you’re looking for an evergreen shrub that’s ultra low-maintenance, and is not a juniper, Panchito Manzanita is for you.


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You’re in luck!

Until relatively recently, Manzanitas were difficult to propagate. Landscape designers and enthusiastic gardeners were relegated to Manzanita envy while hiking or visiting the Denver Botanic Gardens. Fortunately, dedicated nursery enthusiasts were able to create the ideal environment for wide-scale Arctostaphylos propagation, and they’re now available via most local nurseries and plant growers.

Growth rates

It will take your Panchito Manzanita about three to seven years to grow to its full height (12- to 24-inches) and width (18- to 48-inches).

Watering requirements

One of the greatest threats to this species of Manzanita is root rot from overwatering. It will require slightly more watering than normal to be established. After that, it requires very little watering and is xeriscape-friendly.


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Soil and sun

These plants require well-drained soil. If you’re natural backyard consists of the crumbly, granite-based soil our area is known for, you may not need any soil amending at all. However, if you have natural clay or a poor draining yard, you’ll need to make some changes before you plant your Panchito Manzanita. This plant loves full sun, but it can also handle partial shade.


Everything about these Colorado native plants is attractive. The broad leaves are a deep green and can turn a deep red or purplish in the fall. The stems are also a vibrant reddish-purple. In mid-spring, expect to see an abundant burst of small white and pale pink flowers.

Contact Lifescape Colorado to learn more about incorporating Panchito Manzanitas in your landscape design. We offer full-service landscape design and maintenance services.

Project Spotlight: Colorado Golf Club

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Located just south of Denver in Parker, Colo., the Colorado Golf Club stretches over 7,604 pristine yards and plays to par-72. When Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw first set out to design it, they envisioned a course that would glorify the natural landscape, while providing a haven for golfers of all levels. Their success is irrefutable. The Championship Course offers nice challenges for even the world’s top players.

In 2007, T&L Golf named the Colorado Golf Club one of the top 10 new courses of the year, and GOLF Magazine even named it one of the “10 to Watch” worldwide. Most recently, the Championship Course hosted the 2010 Senior PGA Championship and the 2013 Solheim Cup.

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Lifescape Colorado has had the honor of designing and installing the entire clubhouse complex and entrances for the elite golf club. Now, our Lifescape Care team maintains the highly-manicured areas of the entrances and the native prairie near the clubhouse.

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Working on a golf course that hosts professional tournaments presents many challenges, but the first challenge we faced was having to bring the landscape back to life. The building of the Colorado Golf Club was brought to a halt during the 2008 economic downturn, and it wasn’t until three years later that the construction was finally completed. In 2011, the Lifescape Care team was faced with the challenge of restoring the overgrown and neglected landscape.

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Our scope of maintenance work for the Championship Course ranges from mowing perfect lines in turf areas to training vines and diligently pruning and deadheading perennials. In several ways, we’re also getting the opportunity to put our true horticulture expertise into play.

  • Installing season color amidst drastic swings in weather conditions
  • Caring for over 220 roses on the rose terraces (a focal point of the clubhouse)
  • Executing special irrigation and pest and disease monitoring of the 50-foot transported ponderosa pines
  • Battling necrotic ring spot in the turf area with broadleaf weed control pre-emergent and summer and fall fertilizations
  • Designing and executing a patriotically-themed landscape for the internationally televised 2013 Solheim Cup event
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The year-long Solheim Cup project was particularly exciting and challenging. After having our design approved by the executive leaders hosting the tournament, we ended up grappling with a major curve ball as Colorado temperatures broke records from 1872. The special rose program we were forced to develop and execute as a result was well worth it. The colorful landscape display was even the opening image on NBC News’ coverage of the event!

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Design by Lifescape Colorado

Working with the CGC continues to be an incredibly fulfilling partnership as we help them overcome budget constraints, unpredictable weather and disease and pest infestations. We maintained a strict awareness of the active course and its members by adhering to course rules and flexible service schedules. Lifescape invites you to visit the course and immerse yourself in this award-winning landscape.

Learn about Lifescape Colorado and our landscape architecture, construction and maintenance services by calling 303.831.8310.

The Western Sandcherry

One of the most important factors to consider when planting a garden is assessing what your landscape will look like during the winter months. The Western Sandcherry, a creeping, low-growing plant native to the Rocky Mountains, is active in both the spring and summer. In addition to this, the leafy plant is also extremely diverse and beautiful during the fall months.

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By growing this perennial shrub, your Colorado garden will seem to transform itself with the changing seasons. During the spring, the Western Sandcherry has bright, green leaves with a moderate amount of fragrant, white flowers sprinkled throughout its foliage. This plant also features black fruits and seeds that will attract birds and wildlife to your luscious, Colorado garden.

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While the greatest bloom usually occurs in early spring, this plant will remain lively and colorful throughout the fall. In autumn, the leaves take on a variety of cozy shades, including burgundy, red and orange. Your garden will continue to electrify your landscape against a pale, clear sky. Added warmth from this plant’s unique color will also increase curb appeal, a welcoming contrast to the chilly, mountain air.

If the Western Sandcherry finds a home in your garden, you will appreciate this plant’s long life span in comparison to other plant species with a moderate growth rate. Fully grown, the typical Western Sandcherry will reach a moderate height of three feet. As such, this plant grows well with other native shrubs.

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Along with the plant’s diverse appearance is its great variety of growth options. The plant can be propagated by bare root, container or seed. You can enjoy nursing these plants, as the seedlings have high vigor and do not require cold stratification for seed germination.

Are you ready to add a new plant to your fall garden? Lifescape can keep your landscape bright and attractive all year long, even in autumn and winter. Contact us today with any questions about our landscaping and gardening services.

Designing Your Landscape Layout

As with any major home or commercial project, a beautiful landscape starts with a good design and layout. This multi-step process requires both attention to detail and the ability to conceptualize and visualize. Here are some important steps to keep in mind throughout the process.

The Practical Aspects

First, potential landscape problems and challenges should be factored in so that these can be fixed during the construction process. Issues Colorado residents may need to address, for example, may include erosion on slopes and drought conditions and water restrictions. This could require adding berms or other features to hillsides and removing thirsty lawns in favor of extra hardscaping or drought-tolerant groundcovers.

The natural attributes of the area should also be considered at this stage. A scenic view, for example, is a feature that can influence which layout will be best.

The General Layout

Many types of landscape layouts can be used as the general blueprint for the design. Often in the end, several elements are combined to create the most appropriate, visually appealing layout for a particular residence. An Arc-and-Tangent layout, for example, combines up to four layout types. It uses curves, circles, arcs as well as straight lines to form well-structured, harmonious landscapes.

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A rough sketch of the desired layout can be made at this point, along with notes about the types of landscaping materials that will be needed.

Filling in the Details

After the general layout has been planned, it is time to attend to the details. This can include designing specific areas, such as garden beds or water features, and choosing plant types.

You might also receive new inspiration at this point and think of additional features you would like to add, such as a footbridge, fire pit, lighting, hot tub or similar fixtures that enhance beauty and comfort.

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Landscape design by Lifescape Colorado

When you are ready to bring out the best in your landscape with a layout that is beautiful and functional, contact us at Lifescape Colorado. Colorado landscapes are our specialty and we do it all, from design to architecture and construction. We also offer garden maintenance and irrigation services, so you can spend your valuable time enjoying your landscape.

Colorado Golfing – A Personal Putting Green

Do you love golf? Would you like to enjoy getting a few strokes in without leaving your home? You can do just that by incorporating your very own putting green right into your Colorado landscape. Not only does it create a beautiful scene, but it adds unique functionality to allow you to use your landscape even more. Not to mention, it will always be a big hit with friends when entertaining outdoors!

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Design Versatility

Your personal putting green can be as large as your landscape and wishes allow. You may choose to have a simple, flat playing space with just one to three holes, or you might consider a more complex design. Choosing the latter will ensure you will never get tired of your course.

Earth mounds, for example, can be added to provide the extra challenge you would find on a golf course. These also add visual interest and can even serve a dual-purpose on sloping landscapes by preventing erosion. Sand pits and other challenging golf course features can also be constructed.

The putting green can be created anywhere in the yard. Ideally, however, it should be placed near other outdoor living areas. This makes it accessible, and when guests use it during an outdoor party, they will not feel secluded from other guests. A smart design will keep in mind the chance of wayward golf balls by making sure that houses, cars and guests are not put at risk.

Using natural dividers, such as stone walls or wood arbors can subtly differentiate the putting green from other areas while maintaining a cohesive landscape appearance, and well-placed landscape lighting can give you the option to play at night.

Putting Greens can be Drought-Friendly

Artificial turf is often preferred for creating the greens because it is easy to work with and maintain. Unlike natural turf, it requires no irrigation, which is a particularly valuable bonus here in our drought-prone Colorado climate and during strict water restrictions.

Whether you dream of your own personal putting green or a gorgeous space for luxury outdoor living and entertaining, our professionals at Lifescape can handle the job from start to finish. Contact us to learn of the wide range of services that we offer.