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Announcing Our 2023 Plant Of The Year

A hummingbird sips nectar from the coral and lavender colored flowers of Agastache rupestris

Agastache rupestris
Licorice Mint Hyssop

A superior perennial enjoyed for its spicy fragrance, uniquely colored flowers, and finely textured foliage. Our Plant Of The Year was carefully selected to honor the legacy of our late founder, David Salman, and to celebrate the milestone of High Country Gardens’ 30th Anniversary. Read on to learn why this is a must-have plant - and learn the story of its introduction to the horticultural trade!

Featured Plants From Years Past

Blue and white blooms of FlowerKisser™ Delft Blue & White English Lavender

'FlowerKisser™ Delft Blue & White'
English Lavender

A unique cultivar with white and blue blooms that shift with the seasons, ideal for the avid Lavender collector.

Bright pink, gently arching flowering stems of FlowerKisser™ Weeping Pink Hesperaloe

Hesperaloe parviflora
'FlowerKisser™ Weeping Pink'
Texas Yucca

Graceful, arching stems and bright pink blooms make this selection stand out in waterwise landscapes.

A close look at the bright white floweres of Cheyenne® Mock Orange

Philadelphus lewisii
Mock Orange

Learn more about this plant's long history and its triumph in plant trials in the Intermountain West.

Deep purple blooms of FlowerKisser™ After Midnight English Lavender

Lavandula angustifolia
'FlowerKisser™ After Midnight'
English Lavender

Close-up of Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass

Schizachyrium scoparium
'Standing Ovation'
Little Bluestem Grass

'Straight Up Red' Hesperaloe and Perovskia (Russian Sage)

Hesperaloe parviflora
'Straight Up Red'
Texas Yucca

Small, tubular, bright orange flowers of Penstemon pinifolius Luminous light up a xeriscape garden

Penstemon pinifolius
Pineleaf Penstemon

Rich purple flower spikes of the compact Salvia sylvestris 'Little Night'

Salvia sylvestris
'Little Night'
European Sage

Poncha Pass Red Sulphur Buckwheat in a rock garden

Eriogonum umbellatum
'Poncha Pass Red'

Sulfur Buckwheat

Bubblegum pink flowers of Phlox nana ‘Perfect Pink’

Phlox nana
'Perfect Pink'
Santa Fe Phlox

Close up of the tan seed heads of Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass - 2011 Plant Of The Year

Bouteloua gracilis
'Blonde Ambition'
Blue Grama Grass

Close-up of Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine

Lonicera sempervirens
'Major Wheeler'
Honeysuckle Vine

Vivid blue blooms of Blue Lips Penstemon

'Blue Lips'


Bright purple and blue flower clusters of Blue Flame Giant Purple Salvia

Salvia pachyphylla
'Blue Flame'
Giant Purple Sage

Bold yellow blooms of Shimmer Evening Primrose

Oenothera fremontii
Evening Primrose

Silver Spike Grass or Achnatherum calamagrostis


Achnatherum calamagrostis
Silver Spike Grass

Hummingbird and bright pink Agastache Ava flowers


Ava's Hummingbird Mint

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