High Country Gardens Shipping Information

Shipping Methods & Planting Info

Your plant order will arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant. We use UPS and the US Post Office to ship our orders. Plants are grown in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado and ship from our Denver greenhouse. Grass plug orders ship from Nebraska; Wildflower and grass seed orders ship from Vermont. (We can only ship wildflower seeds, seed packets and hard goods to Alaska, Hawaii and Canada. We're sorry, but plants or bulbs cannot be shipped to these locations.)

You will be notified by email when your plants are ready to ship. Plant orders usually arrive within 2-6 days (or less) of leaving our Denver greenhouses, depending on shipping address. We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the unlikely event of a delay. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day.

Open your box right away after receiving it. Refer to our Planting Guide for guidance on successfully transplanting your new plants.

Merchandise Shipping Charge
Seed Packets Ship Free
Up to $4.99 $4.99
$5 to $9.99 $6.99
$10 – 19.99 $8.99
$20 – 29.99 $9.99
$30 – 59.99 $11.99
$60 – 99.99 $13.99
Greater than $100 15%

Spring-Planted Bulbs and Perennials

Spring-planted bulbs and Spring-planted perennials will start shipping the week of February 26, based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Spring shipping runs through June 28, 2018. If you wish to have your plants ship earlier than suggested for your zone, please contact customer service.

Non-plant Merchandise

Garden goods, gifts and books ship all year long.

If you have more questions please feel free to call us at (800) 925-9387 (M-F 7 am - 5 pm) or by email.

Zone Spring Shipping Dates
3 - 4 May 21 - June 28
5 April 30 - June 28
6 April 16 - June 19
7 March 26 - June 1
8 March 5 - May 18
9 - 11 Feb. 26 - May 11

Grass Plugs

Shipping for grass plugs begins February 29, based on zone. Shipping concludes Sept. 1 - Nov. 1, depending on zone.

Buffalo Grass Plugs are shipped within 5-8 business days.

Click here to find your USDA Planting Zone.

Wildflower Seed and Grass Seed

Wildflower Seed and Grass Seed orders are shipped within 5 business days.

Zone Grass Plug Suggested Ship Week
2 May 15 - Aug. 1
3 May 8 - Aug. 22
4 May 1 - Sept. 5
5 May 1 - Sept. 12
6 April 17 - Sept. 19
7 April 3 - Oct. 3
8 March 13 - Oct. 10
9 March 6 - Oct. 17
10-12 Feb. 27 - Nov. 1

Fall-Planted Perennials

Fall-planted Perennials will start shipping the first week of September, coolest zones first. Fall shipping for perennials runs through November 1 for Fall-Planted Perennials. If you wish to have your plants ship earlier than suggested for your zone, please contact customer service.
Click here to find your USDA Planting Zone.

Zone Fall Perennial Shipping Dates
3 - 4 Sept. 5 – Nov. 1
5 Sept. 11 – Nov. 1
6 Sept. 18 – Nov. 1
5 - 7 Sept. 25 – Nov. 1
8 Oct. 2 – Nov. 1
9 - 11 Oct. 9 – Nov. 1

Bearded Iris, Saffron Crocus, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Lilies and Amaryllis

Bearded Iris and Saffron Crocus begin shipping in mid-August and will continue through early October. Fall-Planted Bulbs (Tulips, Daffodils, etc.) will ship September 18 through December 31, 2017. Lily flower bulbs will begin shipping October 9. Amaryllis bulbs will ship from October 16 through December 31, 2017. Our Fall-planted Bulbs are grown in the Netherlands, arriving at our growing centers in early fall and will ship to you at the perfect time for fall planting in your area.

Zone Fall Bulb Shipping Dates
3 - 4 Sept. 18 – Dec. 31
5 Sept. 18 – Dec. 31
6 Sept. 18 – Dec. 31
5 - 7 Sept. 25 – Dec. 31
8 Oct. 2 – Dec. 31
9 - 11 Oct. 9 – Dec. 31

About Our Plants

  • All our plants are grown in pots. We don't sell or recommend bare-root perennials or shrubs for planting in harsh western climates, with the exception of Daylilies and plants grown from tubers or bulbs, such as bearded iris.
  • Our potted plants arrive fully rooted, healthy and take off fast!
  • Perennials will not grow as rapidly as annual flowers. Planted in the garden, most perennials will require 2-3 growing seasons to reach the mature size listed in the plant description.
  • Patience, good soil preparation and attention to new transplants will reward you with much pleasure and beauty over the years.
  • Our plant pot sizes are shown at right. Most of our plants are sold in Premium 5" deep (1.5 pint volume) pots, unless otherwise noted in the plant description. Other sizes are 2.5" standard pots and 2.25" cactus pots.

Shipping plants to our customers


Your advance order allows us to make growing commitments for our perennial nurseries and Dutch bulb growers. As has been traditional in the mail-order business for many years, your credit card is charged when you place your order through our secure servers. This allows us to accurately project inventory. We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

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