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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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 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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High Country Gardens on May 24th, 2013

The Beardtongue family, also known by their latin genus Penstemon, have a passionate following of gardeners on both sides of the Atlantic. Europeans, especially the English have been breeding and growing lots of very showy, but not cold hardy Penstemon hybrids for many years. And here in America, the genus has had a small but […]

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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 August 11th, 2010

Late summer is a time of the year for gardeners here in New Mexico  when we are waiting for our life giving “monsoon” rains and the return of the hummingbirds. We get about 60 to 70% of our annual precipitation here in New Mexico in July, August and early September. The rains were late to […]

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David Salman on July 12th, 2010

The Eriogonum (pronounced eri-ög- ōnum) are a wonderfully beautiful and useful group of plants. Commonly known as the Sulfur Buckwheats, I have come to really rely on them to provide my gardens with long lasting color, structure and provide nectar and pollen for bees, butterflies and beneficial insects. My initial encounters with the genus many […]

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David Salman on February 26th, 2010
This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Genus Penstemon; The Royalty of American Wildflowers

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Genus Penstemon; The Royalty of American Wildflowers Recommended Varieties I have numerous favorites amongst the 300 or so species of Beardtongues. Admittedly, my favorites are well adapted to the high desert/intermountain region in which I garden. These plants all thrive in cold zone 6 […]

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David Salman on February 19th, 2010
This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Genus Penstemon; The Royalty of American Wildflowers

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series The Genus Penstemon; The Royalty of American Wildflowers Overview of the Genus Penstemon, commonly known as Beardtongues are among our most beautiful and varied group of our North American wildflowers. Unique to North America, only one species of over 300 is found outside of our […]

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Penstemon ‘Blue Lips’ is a High Country Gardens introduction (new plant to the gardening world) for 2009. While many gardeners judge a plant by only by its flowers, ‘Blue Lips’ is an excellent example of a perennial that is both dazzling in flower and sublimely beautiful with just its foliage. Share on Facebook

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