David Salman, Founder and Chief Horticulturist at High Country Gardens, has spent over 30 years in pursuit of better plants for eco-friendly landscapes. Long before "organic" became a household word, David has encouraged gardeners to use sustainable, environmentally friendly practices when gardening. David’s passion for plants has been expressed in the numerous unique plant hybrids he has developed and introduced to the world of horticulture.
David Salman founded Santa Fe Greenhouses in 1984, which led to the start of High Country Gardens as a mail-order catalog in 1993. The award-winning High Country Gardens catalog won four silver awards and one gold award for Best Gardening Catalog by Catalog Age magazine. David is also a founding member of Plant Select® and a distinguished recipient of the 2008 American Horticultural Society Great American Gardeners Award.
In 20 years, David has introduced more than 50 plants! His introductions include native, hybrid, and Old World plants, with a special focus on beautiful plants for waterwise gardens. Showy, waterwise, and pollinator-friendly Agastache are some David Salman's favorite plants to work with - and some of the seeds he used were collected by Horticulture Hero Sally Walker. Learn more about David's work with Agastache: Agastache Introductions.
Other introductions include Lavender plants, Hesperaloe (Texas Yucca), Salvia plants, and more. David continues to develop exciting new plants for the High Country Gardens catalog, and each year, waterwise gardens across the country benefit from his innovations. See our current selection of Exclusive Plants & Introductions.
Not only are his plants beneficial for waterwise gardens - they're typically excellent for pollinators as well. In David's new FlowerKisser™ plant line, perennial introductions are especially nectar-rich to nourish bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. The story behind the name? The Brazilian word for hummingbird translates to “flower kisser.”
David is a recognized expert in the field of water-wise gardening and xeriscaping and an enthusiastic, highly-sought-after speaker on these subjects throughout the United States. Gardeners who are fortunate enough to speak with David or hear a presentation are sure to be captivated by his storytelling and passion for plants. Fortunately, High Country Gardens is home to a large number of gardening videos where curious gardeners can learn more from our Chief Horticulturist!