David Salman on January 10th, 2014

I’ve always been fascinated by seeds.  The fact that plants can create little dormant pieces of themselves to broadcast out into the world to germinate is quite marvelous.  Even more amazing, is how long some seeds can survive before being given the chance to sprout. There have been discoveries of bean seeds uncovered in archaeological […]

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David Salman on July 26th, 2013

We Americans love our lawns. And a nice green lawn can beautify our landscapes and help to cool down the air in our surroundings. But there are aspects to lawns that need changing. And one big thing, especially in times of drought, is reducing the water needed to irrigate our lawns. One excellent alternative to […]

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High Country Gardens on June 28th, 2013

This cold hardy desert lily (yes, Agave are in the Lily family) is an amazing plant. Its large size and wide, graceful leaves with their stunning blue color make this a very special plant. And It has an amazing history to match. Cold hardy to USDA 7, this beauty is perfect for planting from Texas […]

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High Country Gardens on June 14th, 2013

Russian Sage (Perovskia) is not a sage and it’s not native to Mother Russia—but it has become a landscaping staple in Western xeriscapes. First introduced into US horticulture in the early to mid-1990’s, it has been more familiar in Europe for many years, as it was recommended by nineteenth century English garden designer Gertrude Jekyll.  […]

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High Country Gardens on April 19th, 2013

‘Paulette’has large, super showy scarlet flowers held on substantial, bright green stems. This is a larger-growing variety and can have hundreds of flowers that cover the plant in late spring. Cytisus kewensis grows to only about 18” in height; this vigorous hybrid variety grows horizontally making it an excellent choice for covering slopes and other […]

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Mike Lizotte on March 15th, 2013

Now that High Country Gardens has teamed up with American Meadows, one of the most well-respected providers of wildflower seeds in the country, it’s time to talk seed! With our new partnership not only will we continue to feature our customer favorites such as our ‘No Mow’ Lawn Mix and ‘Native Western Wildflower Mix’ but […]

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High Country Gardens on March 8th, 2013

We Americans love our lawns.  But more and more homeowners are looking to reduce the time they spend maintaining their patch of grass and spending less for water and maintenance.  Fortunately there has been a lot of research done over the past few decades with all these goals in mind. ‘Legacy’ Buffalo grass is an […]

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High Country Gardens on March 1st, 2013

With so many people I know, 2012 was a hugely transitional year. And with transition comes change. And change was a part of my life as well. After 30 years of running the family owned retail garden center, nursery and production greenhouse, I closed Santa Fe Greenhouses due to hard economic times and years of […]

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High Country Gardens on November 11th, 2011

Ornamental grasses should be the highlight of any fall landscape. Few plants can provide so much beauty for so little effort. There are two types of ornamental grasses; warm season and cool season. Cool season grasses grow most actively in the fall and spring with flower spikes coming in late spring-early summer. Warm season grasses […]

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David Salman on May 13th, 2011

I enjoy the anticipation of putting a big planting of new perennials into the ground. It’s exciting to see new transplants I’ve been growing since last summer or fall, establish and mature to their full beauty. As a critical part of the perennial testing and propagation at High Country Gardens, I spend a lot of time planting […]

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