Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden

Our Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden offers a creative approach to garden design with tough, xeric perennials. Designed for narrow spaces that call for curb appeal, this garden features a beautiful palette of soft pink and purple flowers and silvery foliage. You can easily grow a beautiful flower garden in a hot, dry planting site with flowers that attract pollinators all season. Large garden of 27 plants covers 60 sq ft, small garden of 18 plants covers 30 sq ft. This Pre-Planned Garden comes with a garden layout map to make planting easy.
Zones5 - 8
Bee Friendly
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Easy To Grow
Low Maintenance
Good For Cut Flowers
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Bloom TimeEarly summer to mid fall
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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Exclusive to High Country Gardens, our Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden was created by renowned Colorado garden designer Lauren Springer. When faced with the prospect of revitalizing or removing a strip of dying Kentucky Bluegrass on her property, she replaced it with a beautiful combination of tough, xeric, lower growing perennials. This garden is designed for an inferno strip (also called hellstrip or parking strip, the narrow space between the sidewalk and street). It includes a mix of North American native plants as well as plants from around the world that thrive in hot, sunny, sites like those found against garage walls, along driveways, or in raised brick planter beds.

The Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden is available in two sizes, and comes with a garden map and care and planting instructions. For best results, we recommend planting with Yum Yum Mix and Root Stimulator Combo Pack, and mulching with 2” of crushed gravel. Pair with our Soft Colors Garden Fall-Planted Bulb Collection.

The large garden covers 60 square feet (5’ x 12’) and includes 27 plants:
1 x Red Valerian (Centranthus)
1 x Walker's Deep Blue Nepeta
2 x Seafoam Artemisia
2 x Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe)
3 x Fragrant Persian Stonecress (Aethionema)
3 x Agastache neomexicana
3 x Firewitch Dianthus
3 x Rocky Mountain Penstemon
3 x Red Rocks Penstemon
3 x Caradonna Salvia
3 x Blue Woolly Veronica
Large garden is not recommended for coastal areas of California, Washington, and Oregon, as the Valerian (Centranthus) can behave aggressively there.

The small garden covers 30 square feet (3’ x 10’) and includes 18 plants:
1 x Caradonna Salvia
3 x Walker's Deep Blue Nepeta
2 x Seafoam Artemisia
2 x Purple Poppy Mallow (Callirhoe)
2 x Fragrant Persian Stonecress (Aethionema)
2 x Agastache neomexicana
2 x Firewitch Dianthus
2 x Rocky Mountain Penstemon
2 x Blue Woolly Veronica

Plants are subject to change due to availability. Any substitutions will feature plants with similar attributes suitable to the garden design. Not all plants will be in bloom at the same time, as may be depicted in the artist’s rendering.

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Associated SKUsHC017214
HC017107 (Garden of 18) - Out of stock.
HC017108 (Garden of 27) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden
5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Bloom Time
Early summer to mid fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Average Soil, Sandy Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Dry Sites
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Evergreen, Easy To Grow, Low Maintenance, Good For Cut Flowers, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant
Special Groups
High Country Gardens Exclusive
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships To Canada
Planting Guides
Planting and Caring for Pre-Planned Gardens & Collections

Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll need the space to grow and fill in the expected area.

Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)

Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).

View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

No longer available this season.

As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Plant Information’ section describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment and all items are shipping to the same address, there is no additional shipping charge. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (800) 925-9387 or contact us by email.

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