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. Papaver Collection

    Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale) are the royal family of the early summer garden. Their large (3-6") tissue paper-like flowers offer a translucent, almost glowing presence that i...

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    Oriental Poppy Collection (Papaver) Oriental Poppy Collection (Papaver)
    Regular Price $91.91 Sale $68.93
    Per Collection of 9
    You save: 25%
    Oriental poppies (Papaver orientale) are the royal family of the early summer garden. Their large (3-6") tissue paper-like flowers offer a translucent, almost glowing presence that is breathtaking to behold. Fuzzy foliage will turn brown after flowering and disappear, to reappear in early fall. Our collection features 3 plants of each variety shown: Papaver orientale ‘Brilliant’, ‘Prince of Orange’, and ‘Beauty of Livermere’.
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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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    Some Like It Hot Collection Some Like It Hot Collection
    Regular Price $82.91 Sale $66.33
    Per Collection of 9
    You save: 20%
    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 (three each of three varieties in 2.5" and 5" pots. Save $10 off the single plant price of $89.91.
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  3. Tried & True Dinnerplate Dahlia Collection

    Tried & True Dinnerplate Dahlia Collection is composed of three favorite Dahlias with dinner-plate sized blooms that just shout out big color. Thomas Edison, Kelvin Floodlight and Ba...

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    Tried & True Dinnerplate Dahlia Collection Tried & True Dinnerplate Dahlia Collection
    Regular Price $48.97 Sale $39.17
    Per Collection of 9
    You save: 20%
    Tried & True Dinnerplate Dahlia Collection is composed of three favorite Dahlias with dinner-plate sized blooms that just shout out big color. Thomas Edison, Kelvin Floodlight and Babylon Red Dahlias are all are classic favorites and will provide abundant 6-10" flowers. Blooming from mid-summer to frost, they will provide bright, beautiful cut flowers and light up the garden. Collection of three varieties, 9 bulbs (tubers) total.
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  4. White Wedding Flower Collection, White Calla, Cafe Au Lait Dahlia, Tuberose

    You don’t need a wedding to plant the White Wedding Flower Collection, a sumptuous sampler of our most beautiful light-toned flowers: ‘Café Au Lait’ Dinnerplate Dahlia, Calla ...

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    White Wedding Flower Bulb Collection White Wedding Flower Collection
    Regular Price $66.94 Sale $53.55
    Per Collection of 9
    You save: 20%
    You don’t need a wedding to plant the White Wedding Flower Collection, a sumptuous sampler of our most beautiful light-toned flowers: ‘Café Au Lait’ Dinnerplate Dahlia, Calla Lily Albomaculata, and Double Tuberose (The Pearl). Each one is a star on its own in the garden, and in combination as cut flowers, they make sensational fragrant arrangements. You’ll get 3 bulbs of each of these three selections, which are easy-care beauties that will light up the summer garden with their stately presence.
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  5. Years Of Blooms Bulb Collection

    Plant the Years Of Blooms Bulb Collection in fall and then enjoy spring blooms year after year--maybe even for decades! The bulbs in this collection naturalize (multiply and spread),...

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    Years Of Blooms Bulb Collection Years Of Blooms Bulb Collection
    Regular Price $96.99 Sale $87.29
    Per Collection of 216
    You save: 10%
    Plant the Years Of Blooms Bulb Collection in fall and then enjoy spring blooms year after year--maybe even for decades! The bulbs in this collection naturalize (multiply and spread), and are reliably hardy. The combination includes a mix of Blue Grape Hyacinth (Muscari), purple Ruby Giant Crocus, apricot Bronze Charm Tulips; pink Lilac Wonder Wildflower Tulips and blue Siberian Squill. Easy-to-grow, this collection (216 bulbs in total) will bloom from early to late spring.
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Text and Photos by Founder and Chief Horticulturist David Salman.

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