Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden

 
 

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Exclusive. The ‘Habitat Hero’ Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden will delight gardeners who enjoy attracting birds to their yards with a carefully selected mix of 15 perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses in mixed pot sizes of 2.5" and 5". Drought resistant/drought tolerant plants (xeric). Save $15 off the single plant price of $178.85!

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Regular Price: $163.85

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Zones 5 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring through fall
Shipping Buy now and we'll ship your order during the ideal planting time for your region. Orders with this item will begin shipping the week of April 10 and continue through June 30. Learn More…
Size Garden of 15 Plants
SKU HBLB415

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The ‘Habitat Hero’ Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden will delight gardeners who enjoy watching birds feed and flit from plant to plant. Carefully selected, this collection of plants will draw and benefit both songbirds and hummingbirds, as well as butterflies and other insect pollinators.

Honored with the 2014 Green Thumb Award, the garden was created by renowned garden designer Lauren Springer Ogden of plantdrivendesign.com. Designed specifically for the Rockies but well-suited for many climates, the garden is a mix of 15 perennials, shrubs, and ornamental grasses. Save $15 off the single plant price of $178.85!

The garden comes with 15 plants including: 1 each of Agastache rupestris or Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers, Helianthus maximiliana Dakota Sunshine, Hesperaloe parviflora OR Penstemon eatonii Richfield Strain, Lavandula angustifolia Munstead Violet, Nepeta faassenii Select Blue, Penstemon Mexicali Red Rocks, Penstemon pinifolius Compactum, Salvia Ultra Violet, Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet, Schizachryrium scoparium Blaze , Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker, Prunus besseyi Pawnee Buttes, Ribes aureum Crandall or Chrysothamnus nauseosus Yellow Twig and 2 each of Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition. We reserve the right to substitute a plant with similar attributes.

Garden covers a 7' wide x 12' long (84 sq. ft.) area and comes complete with planting diagram, care instructions, and maintenance guide. 5" Pot sizes. This garden will grow in zone 5b as well as USDA zones 6-8.

The Habitat Hero Birdwatcher garden is the result of a collaboration between High Country Gardens, Habitat Hero (a project of Audubon Rockies) and Plant Select®. A portion of the proceeds of the Birdwatcher garden will go to the Habitat Hero project.

SKU HBLB415
Common Name Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden
Botanical Name Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Pink, Red, Orange, Yellow, Purple, White, Wheat
Mature Height Varies
Mature Spread Varies
Bloom Time Late spring through fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Planting and Caring for Pre-Planned Gardens & Collections

Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)

Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)

Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Orders with this item will begin shipping the week of April 10. Most Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods: All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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4.5

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (11)
  • Accurate instructions (10)
  • Healthy (7)
  • Hardy (5)
  • Fragrant (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (9)
  • Outdoors (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (6), Getting started (6)
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    • Personal (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I am a Habitat Hero

I planted this garden in front of my house last year on the left half of my yard. It looks great. All of the plants did great except for the Maximilian's sunflower. Replaced...Read complete review

I planted this garden in front of my house last year on the left half of my yard. It looks great. All of the plants did great except for the Maximilian's sunflower. Replaced that one and am waiting to see if it will go this year. It needs to do its thing since it's the centerpiece of my garden.

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Not too successful

I purchased a pre-planned garden in hopes of getting an appropriate mixture of quality plants. For various reasons the Habitat Hero garden didn't meet these expectations.
First, two substitutions were made without...Read complete review

I purchased a pre-planned garden in hopes of getting an appropriate mixture of quality plants. For various reasons the Habitat Hero garden didn't meet these expectations.
First, two substitutions were made without providing any information on what was substituted for what (i.e. where the substitutes were to be planted) and no pruning or maintenance information for those plants.
Second, while most of the plants did quite well this year five of the plants failed. One, penstemon pinifolius I believe, arrived "sleeping" and never even sprouted growth. Four more, all in the front row, quickly wilted and died.
Third, hopes of having nice visual arrangement were not met since the blond ambition grass quickly overwhelmed the adjacent colorful plants even though I planted everything farther apart than in the provided plan.

I had been willing to purchase a relatively expensive pre-planned garden based on previous experience with your jumbo waterwise garden in 2014. I planted half of an area with your garden and the other half with locally purchased drought tolerant plants. None of your plants failed that year while approximately one third of the local plants needed to be replace this year. But paying the higher prices for High Country Garden plants is not justified if when about one third of the Habitat Hero Garden also need replacement in the first year.

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5.0

Happy Birdwatcher

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from Aurora, CO

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  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

    Very pleased with everything sent. Only one item did not survive. Looking forward to seeing these items come alive this spring!

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    5.0

    Serves the needs of a diversity of insects and animals.

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    from Colorado springs, CO

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

        Works best if you have the recommended space to put them all together. the design is sound. All the plants do well at our high altitude location.

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        4.0

        A beautifu assortment of heights, textures and colors

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        from Cedar City, Utah

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        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Versatile

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        • Small In Size

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

        Selected this assortment for a difficult zone (5600' altitude and shorter growing season). The plants were very small but grew well over the summer and got lots of hummingbird visits. Hoping they all survived the winter and will shoot up again this spring.

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        5.0

        Brought in the Hummingbirds

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        from Tehachapi, CA

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        Pros

        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Fragrant
        • Healthy

        Cons

        • Difficult To Use

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

        This was a great way for me to fill in a garden with water wise plants. We have benefited from the Beautiful flowers and the increase in wildlife. The hummingbirds visited every day once blooms began. Not too many butterflies, though will see what happens next year. The one thing, I wasn't aware of when the order was placed, was the type of soil in the garden, and what was best for the plant. With discussions with the experts I spoke to at High Country Garden, I put in the hard work to improve drainage, which the penstemon, agastache, salvia, lavender, and sand cherry benefit and possibly require. Planted in May and we had blooms by July, and by the end of summer most of the plants grow to nearly full size, some are slower growing and may take another couple years to reach full size, though am very satisfied with this collection of plants and how they are thriving. Hopefully, will have time to top dress this fall, to assist the root development over winter, and even healthier and fuller plants next year.

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        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not too successful

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        from Nyssa, Oregon (near the Idaho border)

        About Me Getting Started

        Pros

        • Attractive

        Cons

        • Replacements Not As Good

        Best Uses

        • Garden

        Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

        I purchased a pre-planned garden in hopes of getting an appropriate mixture of quality plants. For various reasons the Habitat Hero garden didn't meet these expectations.
        First, two substitutions were made without providing any information on what was substituted for what (i.e. where the substitutes were to be planted) and no pruning or maintenance information for those plants.
        Second, while most of the plants did quite well this year five of the plants failed. One, penstemon pinifolius I believe, arrived "sleeping" and never even sprouted growth. Four more, all in the front row, quickly wilted and died.
        Third, hopes of having nice visual arrangement were not met since the blond ambition grass quickly overwhelmed the adjacent colorful plants even though I planted everything farther apart than in the provided plan.

        I had been willing to purchase a relatively expensive pre-planned garden based on previous experience with your jumbo waterwise garden in 2014. I planted half of an area with your garden and the other half with locally purchased drought tolerant plants. None of your plants failed that year while approximately one third of the local plants needed to be replace this year. But paying the higher prices for High Country Garden plants is not justified if when about one third of the Habitat Hero Garden also need replacement in the first year.

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        This garden makes Me look good!

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        from Rio Rancho, NM

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        • Accurate Instructions
        • Attractive
        • Healthy
        • Lightweight

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

          I planted this garden in the spring and boy did it take off! It grew so well, and so fast I had wished I planted the plants a little further apart. It turned the biggest eyesore in my garden into one of the loveliest.

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          4.0

          Great for Bees, Butterflys and Hummingbirds

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          from Merced. CA

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          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Fragrant

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

            These plants are surprisingly heat resistant. We are in Central CA and had high temps over 100 degrees much of the summer. Most grew really well, others (Ribes Crandell and Hesperaloe parviflora) very slowly. One was dormant and never grew. Windbreaker grew most impressively. They were planted Spring 2015 and are dormant now, I have high hopes for next year.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Showy and great value for your money

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            from Longview, TX

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            • Accurate Instructions
            • Attractive
            • Fragrant
            • Hardy
            • Healthy

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

              So many plants for the money. All plants arrived healthy and grew very quickly. I cannot wait until next spring, when everything will grow larger.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this garden

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              from Rio Rancho, NM

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              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

                I planted my garden as soon as it was shipped and it took off right away. One dormant plant never revived and was quickly and happily replaced. IThe garden is only a few months old and is already the prettiest place in my yard. I love it and will deffinately be ordering more preplanned gardens from High Country Gardens

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                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Looks very nice!

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                from Denver CO

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

                We purchased 2 of these gardens for a large area of our front yard. We've purchased other pre-planned gardens from High Country Gardens in the past and always like that they take the guesswork out of what will work nice together for a given size area. The only con for this garden is that there were a couple of plants included that proved to be extra tasty for the neighborhood rabbits. Also, a few of the plants did not come back this spring (they were planted last spring), but we are getting replacements for them without any hassle.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Birdwatchers garden

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                from Kansas

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                • Accurate Instructions
                • Healthy

                Cons

                • Small In Size

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

                Gardening in dry Western Kansas

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                (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                I am a Habitat Hero

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                from Lafayette, CO

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                Pros

                • Accurate Instructions
                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Nice Plant Selection
                • Pretty And Xeric

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                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

                  I planted this garden in front of my house last year on the left half of my yard. It looks great. All of the plants did great except for the Maximilian's sunflower. Replaced that one and am waiting to see if it will go this year. It needs to do its thing since it's the centerpiece of my garden.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Looks like the picture in the catalogue!

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                  from Wheat Ridge CO

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                  • Attractive
                  • Healthy

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden:

                      I like the plants. The design is very attractive and the plants when in bloom attract bees and hummingbirds

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                      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

                      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

                      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
                      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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