Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden

  • Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden
  • Agastache Acapulco Salmon & Pink
  • Callirhoe involucrata
  • Centranthus ruber 'Coccineus'
  • Artemisia versicolor 'Seafoam'
  • Dianthus Firewitch
  • Penstemon strictus
  • Aethionema schistosum
  • Nepeta faassenii 'Select Blue'
  • Penstemon barbatus 'Elfin Pink'
  • Salvia sylvestris 'Caradonna'



This low-growing collection 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. Save $25 off the single plant price of $271.73!

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Zones 5 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Garden of 27 Plants - 5" & 2.5" Pots


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 Blue grass 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. Save $25 off the single plant price of $271.73!

Included are 3 plants each (5" pots unless noted) of Veronica pectinata (2.5"), Agastache rupestris, Penstemon strictus, Aethionema grandiflora (2.5")OR Saponaria ocymoides, Salvia sylvestris Caradonna, Penstemon Elfin Pink, Dianthus gratianopolitanus Firewitch, 2 plants each of Callirhoe involucrata (2.5"), Artemisia versicolor Seafoam (2.5"), 1 plant each of Centranthus ruber Coccineus or Agastache Ava, and Nepeta faassenii Select Blue for a total of 27 plants that will cover approximately 60 sq. ft. *We reserve the right to substitute a plant with similar attributes.

This fits rectangular areas ranging in size from 12 ft. long x 5 ft. wide, to 20 ft. long x 3 ft. wide. Order additional gardens to plant longer areas. A free planting/care guide instruction sheet is included showing how to arrange the plants. 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.)

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, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color Pink, Blue, Purple, White, Mixed
Bloom Time Early summer to mid fall
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Low Maintenance
Additional Information Not recommended for coastal areas of CA, WA and OR.
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West
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 orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, 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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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Inferno garden


from Kansas

About Me Master Gardener


  • Accurate Instructions
  • Hardy
  • Healthy


  • Some Were Small

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  • Outdoors

Comments about High Country Gardens Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden:

The only comment is that the one year guarantee should be good for when it was shipped not the date it was ordered.

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Pretty collection


from Albuquerque NM

About Me Getting Started


  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy


  • Small In Size

Best Uses

  • Garden

Comments about High Country Gardens Soft Colors Inferno Strip Pre-Planned Garden:

I planted this garden last year along a west-facing wall. The plants did ok...not great. But, I think I placed them too closely together. This year thinned them out a bit (moving some plants to other parts of my garden) and already a huge difference. Each plant is thriving!

I think actually I will like the new placement better since I have mixed the softer colors of this group into some of the brighter purples, pinks and yellows in the rest of the beds.

Overall a nice collection that introduced me to some new plants. And, as everyone says the second year seems to be when you start to see a big improvement.

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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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