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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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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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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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 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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High Country Gardens on November 22nd, 2013

New!  High Country Garden 2014 Plant of the Year It is interesting to note how some really great plants seem to hang around my greenhouse and gardens for a long time before I get around to introducing them.  And I’m not sure why I keep them to myself, but this is certainly the case with […]

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High Country Gardens on November 15th, 2013

The disappearing pollinator population is a phenomenon that affects our ecosystem in a huge way. Many know that the dwindling population is a problem, but few realize that gardeners can help pollinators in a BIG way, simply by planting a wildflower or perennial garden!  What are Pollinators’ jobs in nature? There are a variety of […]

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David Salman on April 13th, 2011

I feel in general that the Buckwheats (Eriogonum) are woefully underutilized both ornamentally and as important plants for providing habitat in the garden.  As ornamental perennials/subshrubs (small woody plants), they are dependable garden plants in terms of cold hardiness, ease of cultivation and reliable blooming with flowers that turn into attractive seed heads. The flowers […]

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