High Country Gardens on February 14th, 2014

Salvia (commonly referred to as ‘Sage’) represents a huge family of flowers that live across much of our planet. Naturally, given their wide range of habitats, these plants attract a variety of pollinators to their nectar rich flowers.  I like to divide them into two main regional groups as a handy way to understand the […]

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High Country Gardens on February 7th, 2014

Browsing animals and new transplants are a bad combination. Nothing is more annoying than going out the morning after the previous day’s labor of planting, only to find all your plants bitten off at the soil line.  The lesson here is that it’s important to understand that deer resistant plants need some initial protection from […]

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High Country Gardens on January 31st, 2014

There are many styles of rock gardening. Europeans were the first to develop rock gardening as a way to mimic the Alps and other European mountain ranges and plant them with alpine plants, and this style of rock gardening remains extremely popular here and across “the Pond.”  But rock gardening has evolved and reflects an […]

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How do you pronounce the Latin genus known as Agastache?  In Colorado and New Mexico, where we can grow a wide variety of these wonderful perennials, we generally say the name as A gas tä key, A gas tā key or A gas tä key. I’ve also heard it spoken as A ga stash ē […]

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High Country Gardens on January 17th, 2014

Bulbs provide gardeners with a quick and generally inexpensive way to add color to our gardens and landscapes.  There are two groups of bulbs we use throughout much of the United States; Fall planted bulbs that bloom from early spring to early summer (Daffodils, Tulips, Allium, Muscari, Crocus and many others) Spring planted bulbs that […]

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High Country Gardens on January 3rd, 2014

My love of Lavender has been with me for many years and is only getting stronger as I continue to propagate, plant and enjoy this wonderful herb from the Old World.  Lavender, like olives, apples and grapes, has thousands of years of history co-existing with mankind. It is a horticultural treasure that continues to serve […]

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High Country Gardens on December 27th, 2013

Each year, the National Gardening Bureau selects a perennial to be named as the “Perennial of the Year.” For 2014 they have chosen Echinacea to be the featured perennial. The genus Echinacea (The Purple Coneflowers) is a family of North American wildflowers that have long been appreciated for their beautiful flowers, value to pollinators and […]

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High Country Gardens on December 20th, 2013

As a kid I loved to buy the paint-by-numbers watercolor painting kits. I wasn’t a very talented artist but my canvases turned out pretty nicely and I was happy and encouraged to do more.  So many years ago, when I first though about offering  our High Country customers a way to plant a professionally designed […]

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High Country Gardens on December 13th, 2013

Where I found it I spend a lot of time driving between my home in Santa Fe and Denver, the Intermountain West’s horticultural epicenter. One summer on my way north, just over the border of Colorado, I spotted a huge field of Zinnia grandiflora in full bloom. I stopped to investigate and to my delight […]

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High Country Gardens on December 6th, 2013

New Salvia Varieties from High Country Gardens for Spring 2014   The genus Salvia, commonly referred to as Sage, is vast, with hundreds of species worldwide. They are tough, durable plants with colorful flowers, aromatic foliage and invaluable as a nectar source for all types of pollinators. And for waterwise landscapes in the US, there […]

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