Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden

This low-growing Inferno Strip Garden is ideal for hot, sunny, problem areas like those found against garage walls and along driveways and roads. With this garden, you can easily create a colorful, long blooming, low maintenance flower bed. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). Designed by Lauren Springer Ogden. Mixed pot sizes.

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Zones 5 - 8
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Birds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Cut Flowers
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Low Maintenance
Plants for Small Spaces
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
30 to 40"
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…


Some years ago while living in eastern CO, Lauren Springer Ogden was faced with the prospect of revitalizing or removing a narrow strip of half-dead Kentucky Bluegrass along the street side of her property. She decided to take a more creative approach and planted that narrow strip of ground between the sidewalk and street with an assortment of tough, xeric, lower growing perennials. The concept of the Inferno Strip Garden was born. While not everyone has a street-side "Inferno strip," this garden collection is also ideal for other hot, sunny, narrow problem areas like those found against garage walls, along drive ways or in raised brick planter beds.

The Inferno Strip Garden uses an assortment of xeric (water-thrifty) perennials to create a colorful, long blooming, low maintenance flower bed. We recommend that it be mulched to a depth of 2" with crushed gravel.

Included are a mix of the following plants (5" pots unless noted): Agastache neomexicana, Penstemon strictus, Salvia sylvestris Caradonna, Penstemon Elfin Pink, Centranthus ruber Coccineus, Nepeta faassenii Select Blue, Dianthus gratianopolitanus Firewitch, Veronica pectinata (2.5"), Callirhoe involucrata (2.5"), Aethionema schistosum (2.5" pot), and Artemisia versicolor Seafoam (2.5") for a total of 27 plants that will cover approximately 60 sq. ft for the standard size or a total of 18 plants for the small size, covering approximately 30 sq. ft. *We reserve the right to substitute a plant with similar attributes.

Standard size (27 plants) comes with two maps for a choice of planting arrangement: 12 ft. long x 5 ft. wide or 20 ft. long x 3 ft. wide. Small size (18 plants) covers an area of 3 x 10 ft. wide. Order additional gardens to plant longer areas. A free planting map and care guide instruction sheet is included, showing how to arrange the plants and care for them in future seasons. Suitable for use in zones 5-8. Not recommended for coastal areas of CA, WA and OR as the Centranthus ruber can behave aggressively there. (Note: Not all the plants shown in the photo are sold in this garden collection. However, the overall color scheme and look of the garden will be the same.)

Associated SKUs
HBLB618 (Garden of 18 Plants)
HBLB627 (Garden of 27 Plants)
Common Name Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden
Botanical Name Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Mixed
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining, Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Tolerates Dry Sites
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Bee Friendly, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Cut Flowers, Evergreen, Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Low Maintenance, Plants for Small Spaces
Special Groups High Country Gardens Exclusive
Ideal Region Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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 grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)

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.


Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

Make Fast Even Faster: For ‘Rush’ same week delivery, please call customer service at 800-925-9387.

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Nice plant mixture


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    I like the plant variety. I bought 2 of these and planted them in the Spring. Most of my plants had grown, bloomed and were healthy by Fall. I really like the ground cover plants in this garden because they help fill in the gaps- so I'm not looking at mulch. The callirhoe didn't grow very well. I think the deer may have been eating these. I lost all the Artemisia plants in both gardens. They never grew and just sort of fizzled out. I would try this one again. The hummingbirds loved these plants.

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    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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