Meet David Salman, High Country Gardens Founder and Chief Horticulturist
“Plants are my life. They are the integral starting point of the circle of life.”
- David Salman
David Salman is the founder and Chief Horticulturist at High Country Gardens. For over 25 years, David’s commitment to cultivating a beautiful palette of waterwise plants has helped gardeners save water without sacrificing on a stunning display of flowers and foliage.
For decades, he has encouraged using environmentally friendly practices when gardening, long before organic became a household word. As a self-described “off the wall plant-nerd,” he graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Horticultural Science in 1979, but his passion for plants started at a young age, as a child exploring plants and animals in nature. Watch the video below to learn more about David, in his own words.
Over his career, David has introduced more than 50 plants - and counting! His introductions include a special focus on native plants and cold-hardy xeric plants from western Asia and South Africa – plants that are adaptable in the harsh climate of the American West. Showy, waterwise, and pollinator-friendly Agastache are some of this horticulturist's favorite plants to develop. Other introductions include cold hardy Cacti, Lavender plants, Hesperaloe (Texas Yucca), Salvia plants, and many more. In David's FlowerKisser™ plant line, perennial introductions are especially nectar-rich to nourish bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds. 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.
Plant Introductions From David Salman
Exclusive. Santa Fe is a selected form of Maximilian‚s Sunflower chosen for its huge, bright yellow daisies that tightly pack the 6 foot tall flowering spike. A tough perennial...Learn MoreSanta Fe Maximilian's Sunflower (Helianthus) Santa Fe Maximilian's Sunflower Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe$14.99 Sale $11.99Sale Price I Save 20%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Exclusive. Salvia sylvestris ‚Little Night‚ (Plant Patent #28,925) is a new, dwarf Meadow sage selected for its tight mounding growth habit and fantastic deep indigo blue...Learn MoreLittle Night Salvia Little Night European Sage Salvia sylvestris Little Night PP#28,925$12.49 Sale $9.99Sale Price I Save 20%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Our ‘Swamp Milkweed Collection’ is the perfect start to your butterfly garden, rain garden, stream bed, or anywhere you want to see beautiful flowers and pollinators in w...Learn MoreSwamp Milkweed Collection Swamp Milkweed Collection Asclepias incarnata Collection$37.99 Sale $32.29Sale Price I Save 15%Per Collection of 3
The Three-Tier Lavender Collection features three graduating sizes of lavender - compact, midsized, and tall varieties - that will bloom late spring through summer, and again in fall...Learn MoreThree Tier Lavender Collection Three Tier Lavender Collection Lavandula Collection$40.99 Sale $34.84Sale Price I Save 15%Per Collection of 3
Exclusive. Raspberry Delight® is an outstanding native Salvia hybrid with a summer-long display of stunning raspberry-red flowers and excellent cold hardiness (once established)....Learn MoreRaspberry Delight® Salvia Raspberry Delight® Hybrid Bush Sage Salvia Raspberry Delight®$11.99 Sale $9.59Sale Price I Save 20%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Exclusive. A stunning native wildflower, ‚Mountain Red‚ blooms for months with hummingbird attracting clear red trumpet-shaped flowers. This is our special cold hardy str...Learn MoreRed Flowered Lamb's Ear Red Flowered Lamb's Ear Stachys coccinea Mountain Red$10.99 Sale $8.79Sale Price I Save 20%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
An especially graceful selection of Hummingbird Trumpet, Zauschneria canum var. arizonica ‚Sky Island Orange‚ blooms in early fall with hundreds of long, bright orange no...Learn MoreSky Island Orange Hummingbird Trumpet (Zauschneria) Sky Island Orange Hummingbird Trumpet (Fire Chalice) Zauschneria canum var. arizonica Sky Island Orange$13.99 Sale $11.19Sale Price I Save 20%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
FlowerKisser® Arizona Snow Agastache (Agastache urticifolia ‚Alba‚) is a pure white flowered form of mountain hyssop, selected for its exceptional cold hardiness and nec...Learn MoreFlowerKisser™ Arizona Snow Agastache FlowerKisser™ Arizona Snow Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache urticifolia Arizona Snow$14.49 Sale $11.59Sale Price I Save 20%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Walker‚s Deep Blue Catmint (Nepeta) is just like ‚Walker‚s Low‚--long blooming and easily grown--but with noticeably darker blue flowers....Learn MoreWalker's Deep Blue Nepeta Walker's Deep Blue Catmint Nepeta Walker's Deep Blue$11.99 Sale $9.59Sale Price I Save 20%Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
‚Prairie Gold‚ Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a beautiful golden-yellow form of this popular native wildflower. This selection is grown from seed collected from a...Learn MorePrairie Gold Butterfly Weed Prairie Gold Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa 'Prairie Gold'$11.99 Sale $9.59Sale Price I Save 20%Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
David is a founding member of Plant Select®, a regional plant introduction organization founded in 1992. As a collaboration between Colorado State University and Denver Botanic Gardens, the organization has brought together many of the region's best horticulturists, plant breeders, landscapers, and commercial plant growers with the goal of introducing regionally suitable plants for the Great Plains and Intermountain states.
David is a recognized expert in the field of water-wise gardening and xeriscaping, and a distinguished recipient of the 2008 American Horticultural Society Great American Gardeners Award. He is also 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 articles and gardening videos, where curious gardeners can learn more from our Chief Horticulturist! See additional resources below to learn more.