Award-Winning Plants

Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

Award-Winning Plants

Over the years, many High Country Gardens selections have been honored by national horticultural associations, including Plant Select, Perennial Plant Association and the Green Thumb Award, among others. These plants have exceptional merit and have received awards for their outstanding characteristics. This collection of plants also includes many of founder and chief horticulturist David Salman’s personal favorites.

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Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

Award-Winning Plants

Over the years, many High Country Gardens selections have been honored by national horticultural associations, including Plant Select, Perennial Plant Association and the Green Thumb Award, among others. These plants have exceptional merit and have received awards for their outstanding characteristics. This collection of plants also includes many of founder and chief horticulturist David Salman’s personal favorites.

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  1. Yellow Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum Kanah Creek, Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum, Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat

    Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum ‚Kannah Creek‚ (Buckwheat) hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of...

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    Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Kannah Creek Sulphur Buckwheat Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum 'Kannah Creek'
    As low as $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Eriogonum umbellatum v. aureum 'Kannah Creek' (Buckwheat) hails from western Colorado. With a showy display of yellow flowers in late spring, the flowers age to shades of orange and rust by late summer, providing months of low care color. A 2007 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  2. White Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Chamaebatiaria millefolium, Fernbush

    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...

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    Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Fernbush (Chamaebatiaria) Chamaebatiaria millefolium
    As low as $14.99
    Per 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 heads and olive-green foliage. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
  3. Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe)

    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...

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    Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe) Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe) Callirhoe involucrata
    As low as $12.99
    Per 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, Callirhoe involucrata's long branches spread out across the ground to create a colorful mat of flowers and foliage. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
  4. Select Blue Catmint, Nepeta faassenii Select Blue

    Nepeta ‚Select Blue‚ (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the fi...

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    Select Blue Nepeta Select Blue Catmint Nepeta faassenii Select Blue
    As low as $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of flowers comes in late spring, and again later in summer. A long-lived, easily grown perennial, this is an excellent plant for beginners.
  5. Redbirds In A Tree (Scrophularia)

    Red Birds in a Tree is a rare perennial from the southern mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. It blooms all summer with spires of small red, white-lipped flowers that resemble a flo...

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    Redbirds In A Tree (Scrophularia) Redbirds In A Tree Scrophularia macrantha
    As low as $14.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Red Birds in a Tree is a rare perennial from the southern mountains of New Mexico and Arizona. It blooms all summer with spires of small red, white-lipped flowers that resemble a flock of red birds perched on a tree branch.
  6. Hoary Vervain, Verbena stricta

    Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta) is a beautiful native wildflower, with blue-violet flowers blooming from the bottom up on tall flower spikes in mid-summer that attract bees and butte...

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    Hoary Vervain Hoary Vervain Verbena stricta
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Hoary Vervain (Verbena stricta) is a beautiful native wildflower, with blue-violet flowers blooming from the bottom up on tall flower spikes in mid-summer that attract bees and butterflies. Ovate leaves are covered with whitish hairs, giving the foliage a silvery color and soft texture. Will naturalize and spread easily by reseeding. The seeds are a favorite food for seed-eating songbirds.
  7. Red Salvia greggii Furman's Red, Salvia greggii Furman's Red, Furman's Red Texas Sage

    2005 Plant Select Winner. 24-36„ tall x 18„ wide. Salvia greggii ‚Furman‚s Red‚ (Texas Sage) is one of the most cold hardy of the native Salvia greggii...

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    Furman's Red Texas Salvia Furman's Red Texas Sage Salvia greggii Furman's Red
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    2005 Plant Select Winner. 24-36" tall x 18" wide. Salvia greggii 'Furman's Red' (Texas Sage) is one of the most cold hardy of the native Salvia greggii family. Blooming in late spring and again in the fall, the plant covers itself with bright red flowers that attract the hummingbirds from miles around. Sweetly aromatic foliage too. A 2005 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  8. Black Eyed Susan Goldsturm, Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm

    Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter ...

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    Goldsturm Black Eyed Susan Black Eyed Susan Rudbeckia fulgida Goldsturm
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Rudbeckia Goldsturm blooms in mid-to-late summer with an eye-catching display of golden flowers. Black Eyed Susan is very attractive to butterflies and the seed heads provide winter food for seed-eating songbirds as well. Reliable and tough, Rudbeckia tolerates both drought and clay plus easy to maintain.
  9. May Night Meadow Sage, Salvia sylvestris May Night

    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (Meadow Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and to...

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    May Night Salvia May Night Meadow Sage Salvia sylvestris May Night
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Salvia sylvestris ‘May Night’ (Meadow Sage) blooms prolifically with deep purple-blue flowers. It is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and tolerance of heavy clay soils. Blooming in late spring with a profusion of flower spikes, it reblooms later in the summer when deadheaded.
  10. Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass, Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster

    The world‚s most popular ornamental grass, Calamagrostis acutiflora ‚Karl Foerster‚ (Feather Reed Grass) has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers th...

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    Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Karl Foerster Feather Reed Grass Calamagrostis acutiflora Karl Foerster
    As low as $14.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    The world's most popular ornamental grass, Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster' (Feather Reed Grass) has a strong upright habit and blooms with showy flowers that ripen to tawny seed heads that decorate the plant through the fall and winter months.
  11. Red and Orange Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler, Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler, Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine

    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is a non-stop bloomer coloring the garden from late spring through the summer with showy clusters of orange-red flowers. Considered to be the lon...

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    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine Major Wheeler Honeysuckle Vine Lonicera sempervirens Major Wheeler
    $14.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Major Wheeler Honeysuckle (Lonicera) is a non-stop bloomer coloring the garden from late spring through the summer with showy clusters of orange-red flowers. Considered to be the longest blooming variety of honeysuckle and a superior flower for the hummingbirds. 2010 Plant of the Year.
  12. Echinacea purpurea Magnus

    ‚Magnus‚ is a distinctive, vigorous and large growing cone flower cultivar. The bright reddish-pink petals of its huge flowers are held flat as they radiate out from the ...

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    Magnus Echinacea Magnus Purple Coneflower Echinacea purpurea Magnus
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    'Magnus' is a distinctive, vigorous and large growing cone flower cultivar. The bright reddish-pink petals of its huge flowers are held flat as they radiate out from the cone, instead of curving backwards as is typical of most coneflowers.
  13. Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition, Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

    Bouteloua gracilis ‚Blonde Ambition‚ PP#22,048 (Blue Grama Grass) is a native ornamental grass with a completely new look. The horizontal eyelash-like chartreuse flowers ...

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    Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048
    As low as $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot

    Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' PP#22,048 (Blue Grama Grass) is a native ornamental grass with a completely new look. The horizontal eyelash-like chartreuse flowers appear in mid-summer and age to blonde seed heads by fall. They are held on the plant right through the winter to provide many months of interest. 2011 Plant of The Year

  14. Orange Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet, Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet, Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet

    2001 Plant Select Winner 4-6„ tall x 15-18„ wide. Orange Carpet® is a vigorous perennial groundcover that blooms in mid- to late summer with a profusion of bright ora...

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    Orange Carpet® Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet (Zauschneria) Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet Orange Carpet® (Fire Chalice) Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    2001 Plant Select Winner 4-6" tall x 15-18" wide. Orange Carpet® is a vigorous perennial groundcover that blooms in mid- to late summer with a profusion of bright orange trumpet shaped flowers. Spreading with underground stems, this beauty is perfect for slopes and cascading over the edges of raised beds.
  15. Muhlenbergia reverchonii, Undaunted Ruby Muhly Grass

    Muhlenbergia reverchonii ‚Undaunted® Ruby‚ (Muhly Grass) has an impressive late summer display of see-through amber-pink flower spikes. This is the one Muhly grass wi...

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    Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia reverchonii PUND01S
    As low as $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Muhlenbergia reverchonii 'Undaunted® Ruby' (Muhly Grass) has an impressive late summer display of see-through amber-pink flower spikes. This is the one Muhly grass with showy pink flowering plumes that can be grown in USDA zones 5 to 9. A High Country Gardens Introduction. Plant Select. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  16. Nepeta Walker's Low, Walker's Low Catmint

    Nepeta Walker‚s Low (Walker‚s Low Catmint) is a robust variety with dark lavender-blue flowers in late spring and aromatic gray-green foliage. Thriving in harsh conditio...

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    Walker's Low Nepeta Walker's Low Catmint Nepeta Walker's Low
    As low as $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Nepeta Walker's Low (Walker's Low Catmint) is a robust variety with dark lavender-blue flowers in late spring and aromatic gray-green foliage. Thriving in harsh conditions, this durable, rabbit and deer resistant perennial plant is an indispensable for use in xeriscapes. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric).
  17. Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One', Photo Courtesy of Plant Select

    Lavandula angustifolia ‚Wee One‚ (English Lavender) is a special dwarf variety that blooms with a wonderful display of short blue flower spikes only 10„ tall. It is...

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    Wee One Dwarf English Lavender Wee One Dwarf English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia Wee One
    As low as $13.49 Sale $11.47
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One' (English Lavender) is a special dwarf variety that blooms with a wonderful display of short blue flower spikes only 10" tall. It is the most compact Lavender cultivar in cultivation.
  18. Echinacea purpurea Pow Wow Wild Berry Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens Inc.

    PowWow® Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long bloomi...

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    PowWow® Wild Berry Echinacea PowWow® Wild Berry Coneflower Echinacea purpurea PowWow® Wild Berry
    $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    PowWow® Wild Berry is a new improved variety of Purple Coneflower bred for its darker red-purple flowers and compact floriferous growth habit. This is an outstanding long blooming variety.
  19. Red and Yellow Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun, Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun, Arizona Sun Blanket Flower

    Gaillardia Arizona Sun is a 2005 All America Selections winner because of its outstanding hardiness, everblooming flowers, and drought tolerance. With modest deadheading Arizona Sun ...

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    Arizona Sun Gaillardia Arizona Sun Blanket Flower Gaillardia grandiflora Arizona Sun
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Gaillardia Arizona Sun is a 2005 All America Selections winner because of its outstanding hardiness, everblooming flowers, and drought tolerance. With modest deadheading Arizona Sun Blanket Flower is covered with red-orange and yellow bi-colored flowers all season long. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
  20. Apache Plume, Fallugia paradoxa

    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed...

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    Apache Plume (Fallugia) Apache Plume Fallugia paradoxa
    $14.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Apache Plume is one of our showiest native western shrubs. Beginning in late spring and continuing through summer the plant blooms with single white flowers that set fluffy pink seed heads. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
  21. Red and Orange Coronado Red Agastache, Agastache Coronado Red, Coronado Red Hummingbird Mint

    Coronado Red® Hyssop (Agastache Pstessene Coronado® Red) is a distinctive selection of Hummingbird Mint with silver-green foliage and spikes of orange-red flowers. This Agastache p...

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    Coronado® Red Agastache Coronado® Red Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache aurantiaca Pstessene
    As low as $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Coronado Red® Hyssop (Agastache Pstessene Coronado® Red) is a distinctive selection of Hummingbird Mint with silver-green foliage and spikes of orange-red flowers. This Agastache plant has a very vertical habit and blooms beginning in mid-summer. A 2009 Plant Select winner. Drought resistant perennial plant (xeric).
  22. Schizachyrium scoparium Standing Ovation

    Schizachyrium scoparium ‚Standing Ovation‚ PP25,202 (Little Bluestem Grass) is an outstanding selection chosen for its blue foliage, reddish fall color and strong upright...

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    Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass Standing Ovation Little Bluestem Grass Schizachyrium scoparium Standing Ovation
    As low as $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Schizachyrium scoparium 'Standing Ovation' PP25,202 (Little Bluestem Grass) is an outstanding selection chosen for its blue foliage, reddish fall color and strong upright growth habit. Widely adapted for planting across the US. 2018 Plant of The Year.
  23. Phlox nana Perfect Pink, Perfect Pink Santa Fe Phlox

    Exclusive. Perfect Pink Phlox (Santa Fe Phlox) is a one of the very best Western wildflowers. Blooming in late spring with hundreds of large deep pink, white eyed flowers, it continu...

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    Perfect Pink Santa Fe Phlox Perfect Pink Santa Fe Phlox Phlox nana Perfect Pink
    As low as $15.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Perfect Pink Phlox (Santa Fe Phlox) is a one of the very best Western wildflowers. Blooming in late spring with hundreds of large deep pink, white eyed flowers, it continues to bloom off and on throughout the summer. Grows in any soil including heavy clay. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric). 2013 Plant of the Year.
  24. Giant Sacaton Grass, Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker (Los Lunas Form)

    Sporobolus wrightii ‚Windbreaker‚ (Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass) is the largest of all our native grasses growing to enormous size at maturity. Blooming in mid-summ...

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    Windbreaker Giant Sacaton Grass Windbreaker Giant Sacaton Grass Sporobolus wrightii Windbreaker (Los Lunas Form)
    As low as $14.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Sporobolus wrightii 'Windbreaker' (Lunas Form of Giant Sacaton Grass) is the largest of all our native grasses growing to enormous size at maturity. Blooming in mid-summer, the flower spikes vary in color from blonde to bronze. This ornamental grass is a drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric). Exclusive.
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