Watershed Wise Pre-Planned Garden

With easy-to-grow native plants, our Watershed Wise Pre-Planned Garden is an easy way to get started with capturing rainfall in your garden. While you contribute to a healthy watershed by saving water, preventing runoff, and filtering rainwater, you can enjoy a beautiful, low-maintenance garden with colorful flowers and grasses that attract pollinators from summer through fall. Large garden of 18 plants covers 100 sq ft; small garden of 9 plants covers 50 sq ft.
Zones5 - 7
Easy To Grow
Deer Resistant
Low Maintenance
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Water Tolerance
Mature Height 48-60" tall
Mature SpreadSmall: 50 sq ft
Large: 100 sq ft
Bloom TimeEarly summer to late fall

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. We can all play a part in managing watersheds, which are essential to healthy ecosystems, supporting both wildlife and human life. With beautiful, easy-to-grow native plants, our Watershed Wise Pre-Planned Garden is an easy way to get started. These deep-rooted native plants are resilient and can tolerate long periods of drought, as well as wetter conditions when the rain does fall; their deep roots also help improve soil health and filter out pollutants. Not only are they beautiful, but the flowers and grasses provide food and habitat to support pollinators and wildlife, too.

Watershed gardens capture rainwater as it runs off hard surfaces at home, like a roof, sidewalk, or driveway, so it can filter down through healthy soil instead of picking up pollution on its way downstream. See our guide for more details, and tips on planting your watershed garden: Watershed Wise Gardening.

Plant this garden in a shallow swale – a depressed area – about 6-8” deep, with sloped edges and a flat bottom, to ensure that you capture water when it rains.

The Watershed Wise 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 Mix and Root Stimulator Combo Pack.

The large garden covers 100 sq ft and includes 18 plants:
Golden Torch Goldenrod (Wichita Mountains Solidago) – 3 plants
Gray Headed Prairie Coneflower – 2 plants
Bluebird Smooth Aster – 2 plants
Powis Castle Artemisia – 2 plants
Shenandoah Switchgrass – 1 plant
Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass – 2 plants
Crystal Peak White Obedient Plant – 3 plants
Rose Swamp Milkweed – 3 plants

The small garden covers 50 sq ft and includes 9 plants:
Golden Torch Goldenrod (Wichita Mountains Solidago) – 1 plant
Gray Headed Prairie Coneflower – 1 plant
Bluebird Smooth Aster – 1 plant
Powis Castle Artemisia – 1 plant
Shenandoah Switchgrass – 1 plant
Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass – 1 plant
Crystal Peak White Obedient Plant – 1 plant
Rose Swamp Milkweed – 2 plants

More Information
Associated SKUsHC017910
HC017897 (Garden of 9 Plants) - Out of stock.
HC017896 (Garden of 18 Plants) - Out of stock.
Common Name
Watershed Wise Pre-Planned Garden
5, 6, 7
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Mature Height
48-60" tall
Mature Spread
Small: 50 sq ft
Large: 100 sq ft
Bloom Time
Early summer to late fall
Ships As
Planting Kit
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Dry Sites, Wet Sites, Salt
Easy To Grow, Deer Resistant, Low Maintenance, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Special Groups
High Country Gardens Exclusive, High Country Gardens Introduction
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, 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.

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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