High Country Gardens Shipping

Planting & Shipping Information

Packing & Shipping Charges

Your plant orders are scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days or less of leaving our greenhouses, depending on shipping address.

We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the unlikely event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day.

Merchandise Shipping Charge
Seed Packets Ship Free
Up to $9.99 $6.99
$10 – 19.99 $8.99
$20 – 29.99 $9.99
$30 – 59.99 $11.99
$60 – 99.99 $13.99
Greater than $100 15%

Plant Shipping Methods

We use FedEx and the US Post Office to ship our orders.

  • Your order arrives fresh and ready to plant.
  • Plant orders arrive packed in our specially designed shipping boxes with our complete Planting Guide and helpful hints for transplanting your new plants. We have designed our own custom shipping boxes to hold your plants snugly and securely. No styrofoam peanuts!
  • Orders are shipped throughout the week.
  • We can only ship wildflower seeds, seed packets and hard goods to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. We're sorry, but plants or bulbs cannot be shipped to these locations.

Spring-planted Bulbs and Perennials

Spring-planted bulbs and Spring-planted perennials will start shipping the week of February 27, based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Spring shipping runs through June 30, 2017. If you wish to have your plants ship earlier than suggested for your zone, please contact customer service.

Fall-planted Bulbs and Perennials

Fall-planted bulbs and Fall-planted perennials will start shipping the week of September 6, coolest zones first. Fall shipping runs through November 2, 2016 for Fall-Planted Perennials. Bulbs ship through January 2017. If you wish to have your plants ship earlier than suggested for your zone, please contact customer service.

Click here to find your USDA Planting Zone.

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).

Find Your Planting Zone:

Enter your Zip Code to find your USDA Planting Zone

Amaryllis and Fall-Planted Bulbs

Fall-Planted Bulbs will ship September 19 through December 31, 2016. Amaryllis bulbs will ship from October 17 through December 31, 2016.

Wildflower Seed and Grass Seed

Wildflower Seed and Grass Seed orders are shipped within 5 business days.

Non-plant Merchandise

Garden goods, gifts and books ship all year long.

If you have more questions please feel free to call us at (800) 925-9387 (M-F 7 am - 7 pm) or by email.

Zone Spring Shipping Dates
3-4 May 22 - June 30
5 May 15 - June 30
6 April 24 - June 19
7 April 3 - May 29
8 March 6 - May 19
9 - 11 Feb. 27 - May 8
Zone Fall Bulb Shipping Dates
3 - 4 Sept. 6 – Dec. 31
5 Sept. 12 – Dec. 31
6 Sept. 26 – Dec. 31
7 October 3 – Dec. 31
8 Oct. 10 – Dec. 31
9-11 Oct. 17 – Dec. 31

Grass Plugs

Shipping for grass plugs begins February 29, based on zone. Shipping concludes Sept. 1 - Nov. 1, depending on zone.

Buffalo Grass Plugs are shipped within 5-8 business days.

Click here to find your USDA Planting Zone.

Zone Grass Plug Suggested Ship Week
2 May 15 - Aug. 1
3 May 8 - Aug. 22
4 May 1 - Sept. 5
5 May 1 - Sept. 12
6 April 17 - Sept. 19
7 April 3 - Oct. 3
8 March 13 - Oct. 10
9 March 6 - Oct. 17
10-12 Feb. 27 - Nov. 1

About Our Plants

  • All our plants are grown in pots. We don't sell or recommend bare-root perennials or shrubs for planting in harsh western climates, with the exception of plants grown from tubers or bulbs, such as bearded iris.
  • Our potted plants arrive fully rooted, healthy and take off fast!
  • Perennials will not grow as rapidly as annual flowers. Planted in the garden, most perennials will require 2-3 growing seasons to reach the mature size listed in the plant description.
  • Patience, good soil preparation and attention to new transplants will reward you with much pleasure and beauty over the years.
  • Our plant pot sizes are shown at right. Most of our plants are sold in Premium 5" deep (1.5 pint volume) pots, unless otherwise noted in the plant description. Other sizes are 2.5" standard pots and 2.25" cactus pots.

Shipping plants to our customers


Your advance order allows us to make growing commitments for our perennial nurseries and Dutch bulb growers. As has been traditional in the mail-order business for many years, your credit card is charged when you place your order through our secure servers. This allows us to accurately project inventory. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

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