by David Salman

Tread On Me Groundcover Collection

Our High Country Gardens collections are a great way to take advantage of our company's considerable plant expertise and large assortment of plants. With so many plant choices, it can be tough to learn about their many attributes and assemble an assortment that meets your specific needs.

These collections address some interesting gardening issues such as salt damage to roadside plantings, browsing animals above and below ground and useful groundcovers (of which we have many varieties).

Listed below are four of our newest collections:

Gopher & Rabbit Resistant Plant Collection

If your landscape is rabbit and gopher challenged, here is a collection of perennial plants that have distasteful roots. This grouping of three different gopher and rabbit resistant perennial species, Buena Vista Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia Buena Vista), Scarlet Monardella (Monardella macrantha Marian Sampson), Blue Haze Spurge (Euphorbia Blue Haze), combine nicely providing colorful flowers in red, blue and chartreuse. Plant in full sun and add some daffodils to the bed in fall to add additional gopher and rabbit resistant flowers. Three of each plant for a total of nine plants; zones 6-10.

Gopher & Rabbit Resistant Plant Collection
Gopher & Rabbit Resistant Plant Collection

Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection

A combination of Veronica and Thyme, these four groundcover varieties are the best of their families, offering impressive floral displays in mid- to late spring. All of them have evergreen foliage that grows very flat to the ground, making them ideal for planting between paver bricks or flagstone in patios and along the edges of walkways. They are also excellent as spring-blooming bulb companions combining well with daffodils, wildflower tulips and Muscari. Three each of: Turkish Speedwell (Veronica liwanensis), Blue Woolly Speedwell (Veronica pectinate), Reiter Thyme (Thymus Reiter) and Pink Chintz Thyme (Thymus Pink Chintz); 12 plants total; Zones 4-8.

Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection
Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection

Salt-Tolerant Ornamental Grass Collection

If you're planting roadside beds or along driveways that are subject to salting in the winter to melt the ice, these ornamental grasses are excellent choices. These salt-tolerant plants will grow well in salty soils and will provide an outstanding display of late summer flowering seed heads to color your landscape. These ornamental grasses also do very well in seaside/coastal areas. Three of each: Maiden Hair Grass (Miscanthus sinensis Gracillimus), Heavy Metal Blue Switch Grass (Panicum virgatum), White Cloud Muhly Grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris White Cloud). Three of each variety for a total of nine plants; Zones 7-9.

Salt-Tolerant Ornamental Grass Collection
Salt-Tolerant Ornamental Grass Collection

Drought Resistant Groundcover Collection

This collection of fascinating, small-scale groundcovers beautifies the garden with evergreen foliage and showy spring flowers in shades of yellow, orange-red and bright blue. All four species are well suited to waterwise landscapes and thrive with little extra water once established. Outstanding for planting in rock gardens planted between paving bricks and flagstone or into dry-stacked rock walls. A combination of three of each: Desert Moss (Arenaria Wallowa Mountains), Creeping Goldenaster (Heterotheca jonesii), Red Mountain® Flame Ice Plant (Delosperma Red Mountain® Flame), Woolly Turkish Speedwell (Veronica bombycina). Three of each plant for a total of 12 plants; Zones 7-8.

Drought Resistant Groundcover Collection
Drought Resistant Groundcover Collection
  1. Fall Finale Pollinator Pre-Planned Garden

    The magnificent Fall Finale Pollinator Pre-Planned Garden features nectar-rich late season blooms to nourish pollinators into the fall. Towering flowers, showy grasses, unique forms,...

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    $122.38 Sale $110.14
    Per Garden of 12 Plants
    The magnificent Fall Finale Pollinator Pre-Planned Garden features nectar-rich late season blooms to nourish pollinators into the fall. Towering flowers, showy grasses, unique forms, and attractive foliage create a dynamic design with movement and texture, and blue, warm gold, and silvery colors shift through the seasons. Leave plants standing for a sculptural winter garden. Garden of 12 plants fits 63 square feet.
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  2. Some Like It Hot Collection

    If you have places in your landscape where most flowers seem to fry from the heat, these tough, long blooming perennials will solve the problem. They thrive in hot, sunny locations a...

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    $82.91 Sale $74.62
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    If you have places in your landscape where most flowers seem to fry from the heat, these tough, long blooming perennials will solve the problem. They thrive in hot, sunny locations and provide flowers over much of the growing season when kept deadheaded. These red, purple and yellow blooms will brighten your yard and withstand the heat. Drought resistant perennial plants (xeric). A collection of nine plants
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  3. 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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    As low as $138.24 Sale $124.42
    Per Garden of 16 Plants
    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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  4. Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden

    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, shru...

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    $155.85 Sale $140.27
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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).
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  5. Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden

    A High Country Gardens Exclusive, our drought resistant jumbo Waterwise Pre-planned Garden will allow you to grow more flowers while using less water with this arresting combination ...

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    As low as $158.32 Sale $142.49
    Per Garden of 18 Plants
    A High Country Gardens Exclusive, our drought resistant jumbo Waterwise Pre-planned Garden will allow you to grow more flowers while using less water with this arresting combination of long-blooming, easy-care perennials. Their bright, clear colors are a delight to your eye, but their inedible foliage will keep the rabbits and deer at bay. Perfect for that hot, sunny spot in your yard. 18 plants in 5" deep pots. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Save $20 off the single plant price!
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  6. August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden, August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden, August Afternoons Pre-Planned Garden

    When the rest of your garden is taking a late summer snooze, the August Afternoons perennial garden will wake you up with its engaging display of pinks and blues. By combining a plea...

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    $176.83 Sale $159.15
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    When the rest of your garden is taking a late summer snooze, the August Afternoons perennial garden will wake you up with its engaging display of pinks and blues. By combining a pleasing mixture of grasses, flower forms, and colors, this hummingbird and butterfly-attracting garden comes into bloom in August and continues through September. These easy-care plants thrive in most parts of the US and grow well in ordinary garden soil with full sun. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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  7. Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden

    This Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden creates a high impact cottage-garden look with masses of beautiful flowering plants. The bold groupings please with color, flower f...

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    As low as $158.84 Sale $142.96
    Per Garden of 16 Plants

    This Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden creates a high impact cottage-garden look with masses of beautiful flowering plants. The bold groupings please with color, flower form, and foliage. Late spring to late summer bloom times.

    This Cottage Garden is available in two sizes. The large size includes a total of 30 plants, covering an area of 8 ft. x 12 ft. (90 sq. ft); the small size includes 16 plants, covering an area of 8 ft. x 5 ft. (40 sq. ft). Includes premium plants, planting map and care guide.

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  8. Fabulous Flowers and Foliage Shade Garden

    The Fabulous Flowers and Foliage Shade Garden provides season-long interest with a superb combination of 18 plants with colorful foliage and beautiful flowers in pink, yellow and whi...

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    $152.82 Sale $137.54
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    The Fabulous Flowers and Foliage Shade Garden provides season-long interest with a superb combination of 18 plants with colorful foliage and beautiful flowers in pink, yellow and white. An easy-to-grow garden for planting in shade, dappled shade or morning sun. Planting map and care instructions included.
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Text and Photos by Founder and Chief Horticulturist David Salman.

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