High Country Gardens Shipping

Planting & Shipping Information

Packing & Shipping Charges

Your plant orders are scheduled to arrive at your door, fresh and ready to plant, usually within 3-5 days or less of leaving our greenhouses, depending on shipping address.

We pack our plants to withstand up to 10 days in transit, in the unlikely event transit is delayed. We cannot guarantee arrival on a specific day. You will be notified by email when your plants are ready to ship.

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%

Plant Shipping Methods

We use FedEx and the US Post Office to ship our orders.

  • Your order arrives fresh and ready to plant.
  • Plant orders arrive packed in our specially designed shipping boxes with our complete Planting Guide and helpful hints for transplanting your new plants. We have designed our own custom shipping boxes to hold your plants snugly and securely. No styrofoam peanuts!
  • Orders are shipped throughout the week. Plants are grown in New Mexico, Utah and Colorado and ship from our Denver greenhouse. Grass plugs ship from Nebraska; 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.

Spring-planted Bulbs and Perennials

Spring-planted bulbs and Spring-planted perennials will start shipping the week of February 27, based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. Spring shipping runs through June 30, 2017. If you wish to have your plants ship earlier than suggested for your zone, please contact customer service.

Fall-Planted Bulbs & Perennials

Fall-planted Perennials will start shipping the week of September 6, coolest zones first while Fall-planted Bulbs will start shipment the week of September 19. Fall shipping for perennials runs through November 2, 2017 for Fall-Planted Perennials. Fall-Planted Bulbs ship through January 2018. If you wish to have your plants ship earlier than suggested for your zone, please contact customer service. 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.

Click here to find your USDA Planting Zone.

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).

Find Your Planting Zone:

Enter your Zip Code to find your USDA Planting Zone

Amaryllis and Fall-Planted Bulbs

Fall-Planted Bulbs will ship September 18 through December 31, 2017. Amaryllis bulbs will ship from October 16 through December 31, 2017.

Wildflower Seed and Grass Seed

Wildflower Seed and Grass Seed orders are shipped within 5 business days. Dog Tuff Grass Plugs are not available for shipment until June 5. Dog Tuff Grass is a warm season grass and will be easy to establish in summer months with adequate water.

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 22 - June 29
5 May 1 - June 29
6 April 17 - June 19
7 April 3 - May 29
8 March 6 - May 19
9 - 11 Feb. 27 - May 8
Zone Fall Perennial Shipping Dates
3 - 4 Sept. 5 – Dec. 31
5 Sept. 11 – Dec. 31
6 Sept. 18 – Dec. 31
7 Sept 25 – Dec. 31
8 Oct. 2 – Dec. 31
9-11 Oct. 2 – Dec. 31

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.

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

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 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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