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Pioneers in Sustainable Gardening

At High Country Gardens we offer plants, products and information that support long-term ecological balance and builds and sustains the love of gardening for generations to come. Our mission is to improve the earth one garden at a time.

Eco-Friendly Gardening & Native Plants:

We’ve addressed the growing needs for water conservation and environmentally-friendly gardening practices by developing an incredible selection of waterwise and native plants. Our plants are chosen for their hardiness, beauty and their support of habitat creation.

Unique Plant Varieties:

We have built our reputation by developing and offering unique plant hybrids that you cannot find elsewhere. Many of our varieties have been exclusively developed by our Founder & Chief Horticulturist, David Salman, the 2008 American Horticultural Society’s Great American Gardener award winner.

Drought Resistant Plants:

We are especially known for our xeric plants, that need minimal water and care once established. Xeriscaping, the practice of landscaping with drought-tolerant plants, has spread beyond just the Southwest and many of our low-water perennials will thrive nationwide.

Forcing Bulbs for Early Indoor Color

Aside from Poinsettias, two signature flowers, Amaryllis and Paperwhites, are favorites for the winter holiday season. These bulbs are easy to grow with spectacular results. They need no chilling, and once planted can bloom in as little as 3-5 weeks for Paperwhites, and just 6-8 weeks for Amaryllis. But once these blooms fade, many other bulbs can take their place and provide spots of indoor color just when winter winds are their coldest. Forcing bulbs to bloom early, indoors, is not difficult.

Hyacinth are easy to grow (force) indoors.

Getting Started by Selecting Bulbs

A few of the possibilities for forcing include the following: Iris reticulata, Crocus, Hyacinth, Muscari (Grape Hyacinth), Tulips, Daffodils, and other unique fall bulbs such as Scilla and Chionodoxa.


Use a container with a drainage hole. Simple plastic pots can be inserted in a decorative container or basket once the bulbs are ready to bloom. Use a container deep enough to hold a 2-inch layer of good potting soil topped with enough soil to cover the bulbs. Bulbs may be closely spaced, even touching on the sides.

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