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. Hot and Cool Colors Hummingbird Container for Full Sun

    This long-blooming perennial Container Garden for Full Sun has flowers of violet-blue, violet and brilliant purple. Salvia 'Ultra Violet' and Agastache 'Blue Boa' are upright growin...

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    This long-blooming perennial Container Garden for Full Sun has flowers of violet-blue, violet and brilliant purple. Salvia 'Ultra Violet' and Agastache 'Blue Boa' are upright growing while the Verbena cascades over the edges of the pot to provide a brilliant purple "skirt" of nectar-rich flowers. This combination will be very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Grow this container in full sun and plant it in large pot (16 to 20" diameter and 12 to 15" deep) to give the plants plenty of root room. The plants will bloom their first growing season and get larger and fuller in the following years. This Pre-Planned Garden includes premium plants, and a planting and care guide.
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  2. Orange and Scarlet Hummingbird Container for full sun

    The brilliant orange and scarlet flowers in this long-blooming perennial Hummingbird Container Garden are sure to draw hummingbirds from your entire neighborhood. The Penstemon and A...

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    The brilliant orange and scarlet flowers in this long-blooming perennial Hummingbird Container Garden are sure to draw hummingbirds from your entire neighborhood. The Penstemon and Agastache are the upright growers while the Zauschneria drapes over the edges of the container as a "spiller." Grow this container in full sun and plant it in a large pot (16 to 20" diameter and 12 to 15" deep) to give the plants plenty of root room to thrive. The plants will bloom their first growing season and get larger and fuller in the following years. This Pre-Planned Garden includes premium plants, and a planting and care guide.
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  3. Stand Up Tall Sedum Collection

    Our SunSparkler® Sedum Collection is a trio of dramatic, high-impact Sedums that will pick up any garden setting with easy-care fun. A rich color palette includes grey-green foliage...

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    Our SunSparkler® Sedum Collection is a trio of dramatic, high-impact Sedums that will pick up any garden setting with easy-care fun. A rich color palette includes grey-green foliage with burgundy flowers, bi-color lime green foliage, and blazing ruby-red petals edged in bright pink. A favorite of birds and pollinators, Sedum will naturalize to create drought-tolerant mats of colorful foliage and flowers. Collection of 3 plants.
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  4. Serene Shade Garden

    The Serene Shade Garden uses a bright, blooming assortment of perennials to color-up the shady areas of your yard. Our expertly designed garden includes a planting map and a detailed...

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    The Serene Shade Garden uses a bright, blooming assortment of perennials to color-up the shady areas of your yard. Our expertly designed garden includes a planting map and a detailed care guide to help you easily create an oasis in the shade.
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Text and Photos by David Salman

By David Salman

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.

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.

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.

The plants used in ‘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.
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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