Plants With A Purpose: Waterwise, Natural Nectar & Habitat
Sustainability Begins In Your Backyard
Our founder, David Salman, knew that plants play a vital role in the interconnected ecosystem that connects all life on Earth. He believed that “our gardens must be more than just beautiful.” He understood that to co-exist with the land and wildlife, we need to adapt our gardening practices, and to see plants for not only their beauty, but also their ability to preserve the environment.
High Country Gardens was founded to provide gardeners with a diverse and ever-expanding palette of plants for the unique challenges of Western gardens – and for people across the country who believe that their garden can be more than just beautiful.
Our plants have a purpose:
- They are Waterwise to thrive in dry climates,
- They provide Natural Nectar to nourish hummingbirds and other pollinators
- They help restore ecosystems by building Habitat in our yards
Read on to learn more!
Plants With A Purpose: Waterwise
With the right plants, your garden can do more than just survive dry conditions - it will thrive. Conserving water in our own backyard is one of the most important ways we can contribute to a healthy ecosystem. Waterwise gardening, also known as xeriscaping, promotes conscientious design with water conservation in mind. In the American West, choosing low-water and xeric plants helps to protect and conserve our precious water sources. As drought conditions and water restrictions increase across the country, xeriscaping allows for beautiful, colorful, hardy gardens to thrive.
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Plants With A Purpose: Natural Nectar
Pollinators are the pulse of the planet, and observing pollinators such as native bees, bumblebees, honey bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds in our yards is one of the most rewarding experiences of gardening. Fill your yard with the natural nectar that they need, and help restore pollinator populations that have been hurt by habitat loss.
Native plants are especially useful for nourishing native pollinators such as butterflies and moths; these winged visitors require specific native host plants for their caterpillars to grow into adult butterflies. Old World plants, such as Salvia, Lavender, and Nepeta are nectar-rich plants that can nourish pollinators; they are very useful for nourishing honeybees, which are native to the same regions as these plants. Be sure to include plants with bloom times from spring through fall, to supply natural nectar for pollinators all season.
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Plants With A Purpose: Habitat Creation
Plants play a vital role in the interconnected system that binds us all together. Birds and insects rely on both native and introduced plants for food and refuge, but their habitats have been lost due to development across the country. Don’t let your yard be a biological wasteland - plant habitat for a yard that’s filled with life.
Grow a diversity of plants, including trees and shrubs, ornamental grasses, and perennials, to create the foundation of shelter and habitat in your yard. This encourages a more diverse population of beneficial insects, which in turn supports songbirds. Include as many native species as possible - these resilient plants have established relationships with pollinators and wildlife to help support a healthy ecosystem.
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An easy-to-grow groundcover, Phlox subulata ‚Purple Beauty‚ (Creeping Phlox) carpets the mid-to-late spring garden with starry lavender-purple flowers. Whether you are lo...Learn MorePurple Beauty Creeping Phlox Purple Beauty Creeping Phlox Phlox subulata 'Purple Beauty'As low as $11.99 Sale $10.19Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Chamaebatiaria millefolium (Fernbush) is a beautiful native shrub that brightens the garden in mid-summer with big clusters of bright white flowers. It also has attractive dried seed...Learn MoreFernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Chamaebatiaria millefoliumAs low as $14.99 Sale $11.99Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Monarda didyma ‚Jacob Cline‚ (Bee Balm) is one of our most spectacular native Beebalm hybrids with heads of long tubular deep red flowers. Discovered in a Georgia garden,...Learn MoreJacob Cline Bee Balm Jacob Cline Bee Balm Monarda didyma 'Jacob Cline'As low as $11.99 Sale $10.79Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Callirhoe involucrata (Poppy Mallow or Wine Cups) is a native wildflower that decorates the garden with a summer-long display of bright magenta-pink flowers. A sprawling grower, Call...Learn MorePurple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe) Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe) Callirhoe involucrataAs low as $12.99 Sale $11.69Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Vernonia lindheimeri (Woolly Ironweed) is a showy perennial that thrives where conditions are tough. This resilient plant can handle low fertility soil, dry climates, and resists dee...Learn MoreWoolly Ironweed (Vernonia) Woolly Ironweed Vernonia lindheimeri$12.99 Sale $10.39Sale Price I Save 20%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Muhlenbergia rigens ‚Undaunted® Girl Next Door‚ USPP (Deer Grass) is the most cold-hardy form of Muhlenbergia, a xeric Southwestern-native favored for garden and landsca...Learn MoreUndaunted® Girl Next Door Deer Grass Undaunted® Girl Next Door Deer Grass Muhlenbergia rigens Undaunted® Girl Next Door$14.99Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Exclusive. Coconino County desert beardtongue is an incredible bloomer with numerous spikes of intensely deep pink tubular flowers in late spring. A willing re-seeder, it spreads ge...Learn MoreCoconino County Desert Penstemon Coconino County Desert Beardtongue Penstemon pseudospectabilis Coconino CountyAs low as $11.99 Sale $10.79Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
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