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. 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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    Container Garden For Full Sun Container Garden For Full Sun
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    $61.94 Sale $58.84
    Per Garden of 6 Plants
    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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    Hummingbird Container Garden Hummingbird Container Garden
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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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    SunSparkler® Sedum Collection SunSparkler® Sedum Collection
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    $29.97 Sale $26.97
    Per Collection of 3
    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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    Serene Shade Pre-Planned Garden Serene Shade Pre-Planned Garden
    As low as $139.24 Sale $125.32
    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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  5. Under-A-Tree Pre-Planned Garden

    The Under-A-Tree Pre-Planned Garden offers a quick solution to that shady, bare area typically found under a tree. This garden is a collection of two colorful, easy-to-grow groundcov...

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    Under-A-Tree Pre-Planned Garden For Shade Under-A-Tree Pre-Planned Garden For Shade
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    $122.85 Sale $116.71
    Per Garden of 15 Plants

    The Under-A-Tree Pre-Planned Garden offers a quick solution to that shady, bare area typically found under a tree. This garden is a collection of two colorful, easy-to-grow groundcovers and a shade-tolerant ornamental grass that will add texture. This garden comes with an expertly designed garden planting map and planting and care instructions, assuring your success. Save $15 off the single plant price of $137.85!

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  6. David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection

    David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection is a combination of woody evergreen shrubs, succulents, and long blooming perennials that have proven their value over time in Chief Hortic...

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    David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection
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    $94.39 Sale $89.67
    Per Collection of 12
    David's Dependable Desert Plant Collection is a combination of woody evergreen shrubs, succulents, and long blooming perennials that have proven their value over time in Chief Horticulturist David Salman's New Mexico garden. Selected for their interesting pollinator-friendly flowers, resilience, and long lifespans, these xeric plants can provide an excellent foundation to a new garden, or beautiful structure to an existing garden. Collection of 12 plants.
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  7. 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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    Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden
    As low as $169.32 Sale $152.39
    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. Available in two sizes, 18 or 27 plants. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Save $20 off the single plant price!

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  8. Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden  For The West Coast

    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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    Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast
    As low as $166.32 Sale $149.69
    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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Text and Photos by Founder and Chief Horticulturist David Salman.

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