High Country Gardens on March 16th, 2012

    Winter is often the forgotten season when it comes to landscaping. I love a beautiful perennial border in the summer; the colors, the flowers, the interesting foliage and textures. But in winter, when all the perennials have gone dormant and  lost their summer glow, there is not much to look at and enjoy. […]

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High Country Gardens on March 2nd, 2012

Tri-colored Ice   Delosperma Firespinner® (Firespinner Cold Hardy Ice Plant) About 25 years ago, Panayoti Kelaides of  the Denver Botanic Garden brought the first cold hardy iceplant, Delosperma cooperi into cultivation. This magenta flowered beauty was a revelation. Who had ever heard of an Iceplant that could live in a cold winter climate?  Since that […]

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High Country Gardens on December 2nd, 2011

  Kintzley’s Ghost ® Vining Honeysuckle (Lonicera reticulate ‘Kintzley’s Ghost’) Vines are so useful in our landscapes. They provide coverage for fences (especially unsightly ones) and make a wonderful trellis plant to cover walls and narrow upright spaces with attractive foliage and colorful flowers. Kintzley’s Ghost is a very unusual native vine that gives us […]

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High Country Gardens on November 18th, 2011

Carpeting Pincushion Flower (Pterocephalus depressus)   Groundcovers are so important in the garden. They create the garden’s carpet and weave the various plants together into a more harmonious whole. They grow as a beautiful edge to flower beds, walkways and patios. They often provide both ornamental flowers and foliage to give them a very long […]

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High Country Gardens on November 4th, 2011

This intriguing native plant has won me over.  I’ve been growing this wildflower in my front courtyard for the past three years and in my greenhouse stock beds for even longer.  I have watched it transform from gawky youngsters to mature beauties. This year, in spite of our grueling summer heat and drought, my three […]

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High Country Gardens on October 7th, 2011

I finished up my keynote talk before the Kansas State Advanced Master Gardener Training this morning in Manhattan, KS. As always, Master Gardeners are a great group of very interested, committed gardeners. And here I am in the middle of the Great Plains, with some time on my hands. As it so happens, I love […]

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High Country Gardens on September 23rd, 2011

Plant needs are different now than in the spring and summer. In the fall, with all their energy going to the roots, plants don’t want food that stimulates the upper growth. High Country Gardens is a strong advocate of using natural and organic fertilizers to ‘feed the soil’ which in turn converts nutrients into usable […]

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High Country Gardens on August 15th, 2011

I am re-running this article because the story continued with this amazing plant.  Agastache ‘Blue Blazes’ became a national sensation after it launched in the 2011 Spring catalog.  It launched on he cover of our Collectors Edition.  It then caught national attention because this Agastache can feed Hummingbirds, Butterflies and Bees. Read original post here. Share on Facebook

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David Salman on July 5th, 2011

Now that it’s officially summer, and the heat has arrived, we’re all looking for ways to stay cool. Well your garden plants are feeling the same way. And that’s where putting a blanket down can help; a blanket of mulch. Mulching is a well practiced gardening technique of covering the soil with some type of […]

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David Salman on April 20th, 2010

It’s been a long snowy winter in northern New Mexico. By mid-January, the El Nino had developed in earnest and the storms started tracking south across the southern CA, AZ and New Mexico.  The abundant rain and snow has broken the drought of the past couple of years. Share on Facebook

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