by David Salman

Easy Garden Design with our Summer Showstopper Pre-Planned Garden
The Summer Showstopper Pre-Planned Garden is easy-care and drought resistant.

Easy Garden Design With The Summer Showstopper Pre-Planned Garden

As a kid, I loved to buy the paint-by-numbers watercolor painting kits. I wasn’t a very talented artist but my canvases turned out pretty nicely and I was happy and encouraged to do more. So many years ago, when I first thought about offering our High Country customers a way to plant a professionally designed perennial garden, the paint-by-numbers concept came back to me. I introduced our pre-planned gardens which come with planting diagrams that show you exactly where and how to space the plants to re-create the layout. It’s easy garden design, and the results are superb.

The inspiration for our newest garden came from a planting at a local college where they redesigned and replanted their front entrance.

I liked the designer’s core choice of plants and the fact that they planted the “inferno strip” between the street and sidewalk and the center median with colorful, waterwise perennials.

So working with the general design, I refined it with an expanded palette of plants so that the garden would bloom from late spring through fall and attract more pollinators.

I also decided to create two designs so the ‘Summer Showstopper’ could be used as a 3 ft by 16 ft. “inferno strip” or in a wider 6 ft. by 8 ft. rectangular bed to give more flexibility as to where it can be planted.

Easy Garden Design: Advantages Of Planting The Summer Showstopper Pre-Planned Garden

The plants used in the ‘Summer Showstopper’ are all:

  • Recommended as easy-to-grow for beginning gardeners
  • Waterwise (xeric) in areas with 30 inches or less of precipitation
  • Pollinator friendly, natural nectar sources to attract hummingbirds, bees and butterflies
  • Long blooming or repeat blooming (come back into flower when the faded flowers are removed)
  • Bloom with bright, bold colors combinations of blue, yellow, red and scarlet
  • Thrive in a wide range of soil types including rocky, sandy, garden loam and dry clay
  • Resistant to browsing rabbits and deer.

All of High Country Gardens' Pre-Planned Gardens come with planting maps and maintenance guides to help answer questions about the care of the individual plants, as well as the gardens as a whole.

Easy Garden Design Wtih: The Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden
An alternative to the Summer Showstopper is the Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden, our most popular garden of all time.
Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden
The Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden is another popular Summer-Blooming Pre-Planned Garden, perfect for small spaces.
  1. Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden

    Plant our drought resistant Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Panned Garden to grow more flowers and foliage while using less water. Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this eye-catching combinat...

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    Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden
    As low as $172.32 Sale $155.08
    Per Garden of 18 Plants
    Plant our drought resistant Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Panned Garden to grow more flowers and foliage while using less water. Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this eye-catching combination of long-blooming perennials will light up the landscape with bright, clear colors. Easy-care plants feature inedible foliage that keep rabbits and deer away. Large garden of 27 plants covers 190 sq ft, small garden of 18 plants covers 100 sq ft. (For gardeners in coastal CA, OR, and WA, plant the Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast)
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  2. Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden  For The West Coast

    Plant our drought resistant Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Panned Garden For The West Coast to grow more flowers and foliage while using less water. Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this ey...

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    Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast
    As low as $169.32 Sale $152.38
    Per Garden of 18 Plants
    Plant our drought resistant Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Panned Garden For The West Coast to grow more flowers and foliage while using less water. Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this eye-catching combination of long-blooming perennials will light up the landscape with bright, clear colors. Easy-care plants feature inedible foliage that will keep rabbits and deer away. Garden of 18 plants covers 75 to 100 sq ft.
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  3. August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden, August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden, August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden

    The August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden brings together a wonderful assortment of our favorite perennials and ornamental grasses to keep things colorful through late summer and well...

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    August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden
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    $188.83 Sale $169.94
    Per Garden of 17 Plants
    The August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden brings together a wonderful assortment of our favorite perennials and ornamental grasses to keep things colorful through late summer and well into fall. Blooming in shades of blue, pink, and ivory, this gardens expertly blends color, texture, and fragrance for a waterwise garden. Hummingbirds and butterflies will be drawn to the beautiful nectar-rich plants. Garden of 17 plants covers 50 sq ft.
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  4. Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden

    The flowers in the Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden are favorites of butterflies, honeybees, and gardeners alike. Designed with low-maintenance perennials, you can enjoy your garden...

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    Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden
    As low as $109.89 Sale $98.90
    Per Garden of 11 Plants
    The flowers in the Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden are favorites of butterflies, honeybees, and gardeners alike. Designed with low-maintenance perennials, you can enjoy your garden’s fragrance and bright colors blooming from mid-summer to early fall. Watch pollinators dance from flower to flower in the summer sunlight. Garden of 11 plants covers 30 sq ft.
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Text and Photos by David Salman

Easy Gardening: Paint By Numbers, The Garden Version

By David Salman, High Country Gardens Founder and Chief Horticulturist 

As a kid, I loved to buy the paint-by-numbers watercolor painting kits. I wasn’t a very talented artist but my canvases turned out pretty nicely and I was happy and encouraged to do more. So many years ago, when I first thought about offering our High Country customers a way to plant a professionally designed perennial garden, the paint-by-numbers concept came back to me.

I introduced our Pre-Planned Gardens, which come with Garden Maps that show you exactly where and how to space the plants to re-create the layout. It’s easy garden design, and the results are superb.

Designing A Summer Showstopper

The inspiration for our Summer Showtopper Pre-Planned Garden came from a planting at a local college where they redesigned and replanted their front entrance. I liked the designer’s core choice of plants and the fact that they planted the “inferno strip” between the street and sidewalk and the center median with colorful, waterwise perennials.

Working with the general design, I refined it with an expanded palette of plants so that the garden would bloom from late spring through fall and attract more pollinators.

The plants used in the Summer Showstopper Pre-Planned Garden are all:

  • Recommended as easy-to-grow for beginning gardeners
  • Waterwise (xeric) in areas with 30 inches or less of precipitation
  • Pollinator-friendly, offering natural nectar sources to attract hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies
  • Long blooming or repeat blooming, so they will come back into flower when the faded flowers are removed
  • Brightly colorful, with bold color combinations of blue, yellow, red, and scarlet
  • Resilient, thriving in a wide range of soil types including rocky, sandy, garden loam, and dry clay
  • Resistant to browsing rabbits and deer
An alternative to the Summer Showstopper is the Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden, our most popular garden of all time.An alternative to the Summer Showstopper is the Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden, our most popular garden of all time.
An alternative to the Summer Showstopper is the Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden, our most popular garden of all time.
The Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden is another popular Summer-Blooming Pre-Planned Garden, perfect for small spaces.The Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden is another popular Summer-Blooming Pre-Planned Garden, perfect for small spaces.
The Summer Dreams Pre-Planned Garden is another popular Summer-Blooming Pre-Planned Garden, perfect for small spaces.

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