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. Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden

    Our Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden has been a bestseller for decades! Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this eye-catching combination of long-blooming perennials will light up...

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    As low as $225.99
    Per Garden of 18
    Our Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden has been a bestseller for decades! Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this eye-catching combination of long-blooming perennials will light up the landscape with bright, clear colors. Grow more flowers and foliage while using less water. Easy-care plants feature inedible foliage to keep rabbits and deer away. Large garden of 27 plants covers 190 sq ft, small garden of 18 plants covers 100 sq ft. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a garden layout map to make planting easy. (For gardeners in coastal CA, OR, and WA, plant the Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast)
  2. Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden

    Our Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden offers a creative approach to garden design with tough, xeric perennials. Designed for narrow spaces that call for curb appeal, this ...

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    As low as $199.99
    Per Garden of 18
    Our Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden offers a creative approach to garden design with tough, xeric perennials. Designed for narrow spaces that call for curb appeal, this garden features a beautiful palette of soft pink and purple flowers and silvery foliage. You can easily grow a beautiful flower garden in a hot, dry planting site with flowers that attract pollinators all season. Large garden of 27 plants covers 60 sq ft, small garden of 18 plants covers 30 sq ft. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a garden layout map to make planting easy.
  3. Serene Shade Garden

    Our Serene Shade Pre-Planned Garden features groundcovers, ornamental grasses, and flowering perennials to brighten the shady areas of your yard. Easily create a waterwise oasis with...

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    As low as $171.99 Sale $163.39
    Per Garden of 16
    Our Serene Shade Pre-Planned Garden features groundcovers, ornamental grasses, and flowering perennials to brighten the shady areas of your yard. Easily create a waterwise oasis with softly colored blooms from late spring to early fall. Lovely green and silvery-blue foliage will shift to warmer hues in autumn, offering three seasons of texture and interest. Garden of 16 plants covers 80 sq ft, garden of 26 plants covers 187 sq ft. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a garden layout map to make planting easy.
  4. Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden Design

    Our Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden is an easy way to grow a relaxed cottage-style perennial garden. Planting masses of nectar-rich flowers magnifies their visual impac...

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    Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden
    As low as $196.99
    Per Garden of 16
    Our Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden is an easy way to grow a relaxed cottage-style perennial garden. Planting masses of nectar-rich flowers magnifies their visual impact, as well as their appeal to pollinators. Flowers will multiply and spread year after year, offering bold blooms from late spring to late summer and encouraging butterflies to stop for a sip of nectar. The large garden of 30 plants covers 90 sq ft, small garden of 16 plants covers 40 sq ft. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a garden layout map to make planting easy.
  5. Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden

    Attract birds and pollinators with ease by planting the beautiful Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden. Colorful flowers bloom late spring through fall, and flowering shrubs a...

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    Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden
    $200.99
    Per Garden of 15
    Attract birds and pollinators with ease by planting the beautiful Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden. Colorful flowers bloom late spring through fall, and flowering shrubs and ornamental grasses provide year-round interest, nesting material, and shelter for birds. Berries, seeds, and insects offer three important food sources for birds and their young. One garden of 15 plants covers 84 sq ft. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a garden layout map to make planting easy.
  6. Hot and Cool Colors Hummingbird Container for Full Sun

    Our long-blooming Container Garden For Full Sun features a combination of colorful, low-maintenance native perennials to brighten your sunny patio, deck, or balcony. Easier than annu...

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    $71.99
    Per Garden of 6
    Our long-blooming Container Garden For Full Sun features a combination of colorful, low-maintenance native perennials to brighten your sunny patio, deck, or balcony. Easier than annuals, these drought-tolerant plants will bloom their first growing season and return each year! Violet-blue, deep purple, and brilliant red blooms are highly attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. Garden of 6 plants. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a simple planting diagram for an 18-inch pot to make planting easy.
  7. 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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    As low as $136.99
    Per Garden of 11
    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. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a garden layout map to make planting easy.
  8. Pollinator Paradise Pre-Planned Garden

    Rich with nectar and fragrance, the Pollinator Paradise Pre-Planned Garden is the perfect way to keep bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies well-fed from early summer to early fall. Th...

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    $94.99
    Per Garden of 8
    Rich with nectar and fragrance, the Pollinator Paradise Pre-Planned Garden is the perfect way to keep bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies well-fed from early summer to early fall. This easy-to-grow garden will fit easily in small spaces or container gardens, or can be repeated to fill larger areas. It features some of our best-selling summer-blooming perennials. Not recommended for the Desert Southwest or Deep South. Garden includes 8 plants covering 25 sq ft. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a garden layout map to make planting easy.

Text and Photos by Founder and Chief Horticulturist David Salman.

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