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. Classic Container Bulb Collection

    The Classic Container Collection is a gorgeous collection of fall-planted bulbs that combine beautifully, with pink, yellow and blue blooms in mid-spring. The collection includes 39 ...

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    Classic Container Collection Classic Container Collection
    Regular Price $44.99 Sale $40.49
    Per Collection of 39
    You save: 10%
    The Classic Container Collection is a gorgeous collection of fall-planted bulbs that combine beautifully, with pink, yellow and blue blooms in mid-spring. The collection includes 39 bulbs total, a mix of Fortissimo Daffodils, Rosy Delight Tulips, Easter Joy Hyacinth Mix and Dark Eyes Grape Hyacinth (Muscari). Plant them densely together and they’ll look spectacular when they bloom. Zones 4-7.
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  2. Welcoming Walkway Bulb Collection

    Welcoming Walkway Collection will greet you in mid-spring with a mix of yellow Dutch Master Daffodils, blue-blooming Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) bulbs, and the rosy-purple Blue Moon Tri...

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    Welcoming Walkway Bulb Collection Welcoming Walkway Bulb Collection
    Regular Price $109.99 Sale $98.99
    Per Collection of 164
    You save: 10%
    Welcoming Walkway Collection will greet you in mid-spring with a mix of yellow Dutch Master Daffodils, blue-blooming Grape Hyacinth (Muscari) bulbs, and the rosy-purple Blue Moon Triumph Tulip. This collection of 164 bulbs is designed for easy, mass planting for a big visual impact--it’s sure to turn heads! Hardy in zones 4-9. Flower heights will vary from 6-20” tall.
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  3. 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 Collection Years Of Blooms 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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  4. 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 Collection of 18

    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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  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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    Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast
    As low as $161.32 Sale $145.19
    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. 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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    Fabulous Flowers and Foliage Shade Garden Fabulous Flowers and Foliage Shade Garden
    Regular Price $154.82 Sale $139.34
    Per Garden of 18 Plants
    You save: 10%
    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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