From Randy Schultz:
“For Spring 2014, High Country Gardens continues its tradition of introducing new plant varieties
and new preplanned gardens that feature “plants for the Western garden and beyond.”
“During the past 20 years, High Country Gardens has built a reputation and a strong national
following for its unique and proprietary plant introductions,” said David Salman, Chief Horticulturist.
“The plants we offer are easy-to-grow, beautiful, and adaptable to a wide range of climates, cold
hardiness and low-water conditions. High Country Gardens plants celebrate the concept that landscape
and garden plants should reflect the natural beauty and growing conditions of each local climate.”
The new plants and gardens for 2014 range from the “Habitat Hero” Birdwatcher Pre-Planned
Garden (which was honored with a 2014 Green Thumb Award) to a new English lavender variety
called ‘Munstead Violet’ that boasts the darkest violet flowers of any lavender.
All of the new plants and new preplanned gardens for 2014—and hundreds of perennial favorites—
are available at www.HighCountryGardens.com.
High Country Gardens Plant of the Year 2014
Eriogonum umbellatum ‘Poncha Pass Red’
(Poncha Pass Red Sulfur Buckwheat)
Poncha Pass Red Sulfur Buckwheat is an incredible native
wildflower that has been a work in progress for HCG chief
horticulturist David Salman for many years.
“I first found the original colony at the summit of Poncha
Pass near Salida, Colorado, on a drive from Denver to Santa Fe.
Growing on the roadside was a group of plants with deep red
colored seed heads. Thrilled by the display and pleased to find
ripe seed, I gathered a paper lunch bag full. By the next spring,
I had plants growing in several of my stock beds to test this
new find and gather seed for future crops,” explained Salman.
‘Poncha Pass Red’ has turned out to be a very durable, long-lived miniature shrub that is waterwise,
loves full sun and blooms reliably every year. The bright yellow flower clusters in late
spring ripen to dark red seed heads by late summer. And the native bees are thrilled to have such a
wonderful nectar source. It grows 4-6 inches tall and 12-15 inches wide in zones 3-7. Each plant in
a 5-inch premium pot sells for $9.99 exclusively from www.HighCountryGardens.com.
‘Habitat Hero’ Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden
The ‘Habitat Hero’ Birdwatcher Pre-Planned
Garden will delight gardeners who enjoy watching
the birds that visit their yards and gardens.
This carefully selected collection of plants will
attract and feed songbirds, hummingbirds, butterflies
and other insect pollinators. The ‘Habitat
Hero’ Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden was
honored with a 2014 Green Thumb Award from
the Direct Gardening Association as one of the
top five new plant introductions of the year.
The Habitat Hero Birdwatcher garden, created by renowned garden designer Lauren Springer
Ogden (PlantDrivenDesign.com), is the result of a collaboration between High Country Gardens,
Be A Habitat Hero (a project of Audubon Rockies) and Plant Select®. Designed specifically for the
Mountain West but well-suited for many climates, the garden is a mix of 15 perennials, shrubs and
ornamental grasses. The garden will fill a seven-foot by 12-foot area, and the plants will thrive in
USDA growing zones 5-8. The ‘Habitat Hero’ Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden sells for $129.85
exclusively from www.HighCountryGardens.com, 800-925-9387.
Lavandula angustifolia ‘Munstead Violet’
(Munstead Violet English Lavender)
‘Munstead Violet’ is a new selection that has the darkest-colored
flowers of any of the violet cultivars of Lavandula angustifolia. “I
discovered the plant as a chance seedling in a garden in Santa Fe, New
Mexico,” said David Salman, chief horticulturist of High Country
Gardens. Munstead Violet English Lavender has dark blue calyxes and
outstanding violet-blue corollas. The foliage matures to a nice silvergray
and the fragrance is sweet but not overpowering. The plant reaches
18-24 inches tall and 24-30 inches wide in low-fertility, well-drained
soil. ‘Munstead Violet’ will grow well throughout USDA zones 5-9.
Available exclusively from High Country Gardens. Each plant in a 5-inch premium pot sells for $9.99.
(Psychedelic Hybrid Mesemb)
If you are looking for a unique succulent groundcover, Aloinopsis
‘Psychedelic’ is it. This variety was originally discovered
as an accidental cross between two Aloinopsis species in chief
horticulturist David Salman’s rock garden. “‘Psychedelic’ has
caused quite a stir among my friends who appreciate South
African succulents,” said Salman.
Grow Aloinopsis ‘Psychedelic’ outdoors in full sun as a
rock garden plant in the Western US or as a potted specimen
on a sunny windowsill in moister climates. ‘Psychedelic’ will hug the ground at just 1 inch tall and
4-5 inches wide. Plant it in low fertility, well-drained soil in USDA zones 6-10. $8.99 each in a
2.5-inch pot, exclusively from High Country Gardens.
Salvia pachyphylla ‘Mulberry Flambé’
(Mulberry Flambé Mojave Sage)
The dark, vibrant flower spikes of ‘Mulberry Flambé’ are
astoundingly beautiful. This new selection is different from
‘Blue Flame’ (HCG’s first Salvia pachyphylla selection) with
its compact, more darkly colored flower spikes and pure silver
foliage. Plant it where it doesn’t get too much irrigation during
the summer months. ‘Mulberry Flambé’ is deer resistant and
rabbit resistant, and it attracts hummingbirds. At maturity the
plant will reach 18 inches tall and 18-24 inches wide. ‘Mulberry
Flambé’ grows best in low fertility, well-drained soil in USDA
zones 5-8. A High Country Gardens exclusive introduction. $9.99 each in a 5-inch premium pot.
Summer Showstopper Pre-Planned Garden
Plant the Summer Showstopper Garden and you’re sure
to have passersby stop to admire your yard. The plants in
this garden collection are big, colorful, long-blooming and
pollinator-friendly—and it is an excellent beginner’s garden.
The Summer Showstopper Garden is designed to provide
low-care, season-long color in narrow, hot and dry planting
areas. These plants are ideal for those difficult “inferno”
strips found between the street and sidewalk. This garden
is also perfect for edging front walks and adding a narrow
band of flowers to difficult-to-plant south and west sides of
garages and other buildings. None of the plants get over three
feet tall, so there are no problems when backing out of your
driveway and looking for street traffic.
The plants in this garden include four Penstemon pinifolius
Compactum; three Schizachryium scoparium Blaze;
two each of Achillea Moonshine, Nepeta Walker’s Low,
Perovskia atriplicifolia Lacy Blue and Solidago Golden Fleece; and one each of Centranthus ruber
Coccineus and Hesperaloe parviflora. These 17 plants will cover a 48-square-foot area (3 feet by
16 feet). The garden thrives in most soil types throughout USDA zones 5-9. Included is a complete
planting diagram and maintenance instruction sheet to make it easy to plant and care for.
The garden sells for $136.83, exclusively from www.HighCountryGardens.com,
Schizachyrium scoparium ‘Los Lunas Blues’
(Little Bluestem Grass)
Tough! Deer resistant! Waterwise! Upright and blue! This western
selection of Little Bluestem Grass has gray-blue foliage and a
strong, upright habit that doesn’t splay or fall open. In winter, the
leaves turn chocolate brown. ‘Los Lunas Blues’ was a standout from
over one hundred different collections of Little Bluestem growing at
the USDA Los Lunas Plant Materials Center in New Mexico. This
tough ornamental grass will reach 24-28 inches tall by 12-15 inches
wide. It will grow in most soils, including clay, throughout zones
4-9. A High Country Gardens exclusive introduction. $9.99 each in
a 5-inch premium pot.
Cynodon hybrida Dog Tuff™
(Dog Tuff™ African Dogtooth Grass)
Cynodon hybrida ‘Dog Tuff’™ (‘Dog Tuff’™ African Dogtooth
Grass) is a homeowner’s dream come true. It is a deep-rooted, low,
spreading, dense-growing turf grass that is very xeric and provides
a tough, wear-resistant lawn. Dog Tuff™ is ideal for kids’ play and
stands up to dog traffic and dog urine with little or no damage. A
sterile hybrid, this South African native grass was discovered growing
as a dense, bright-green area of grass on an isolated ranch in that
country. It was brought to the US over 30 years ago, but it has never
been available to the public until now. A tray of 70 plugs sells for
$58.95, exclusively from High Country Gardens.
Salvia arizonica ‘Deep Blue’
(Deep Blue Arizona Sage)
Salvia arizonica ‘Deep Blue’ is the solution for planting in the
shade! This sage blooms all summer with numerous small, deepblue
flowers over rabbit- and deer-resistant foliage. A selection of
the Arizona native species, ‘Dark Blue’, it is a tenacious, long-lived
and easy-care perennial with good cold hardiness. At maturity this
compact plant will reach 8-12 inches tall and 12-16 inches wide, so
it fits nicely into small, part-sun and shady spots where other plants
refuse to flower. It will thrive in dry areas and almost any soil type
throughout zones 5-9. A High Country Gardens exclusive. Each plant
in a 2.5-inch pot sells for $9.99
For a complete look at all of the new plants for 2014 available from High Country Gardens,
Schultz Communications/ HomeGardenandHomestead.com
“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.”
— Richard Bach
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