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 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 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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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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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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