Agastache aurantiaca 'Shades of Orange' (2003)

Agastache hyb. 'Ava' (2004)

Agastache hyb. 'Ava' (2004)

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Agastache cana 'Rosita' (2008)

Agastache hyb. Desert Sunrise® (2000)

Agastache hyb. 'Desert Solstice' (2010)

Agastache rupestris (1996)

Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers® (2002)

Aloinopsis hyb. 'Psychidelic' (2007)

Aquilegia aff. longissima Swallowtail® (2002)

Aquilegia aff. longissima Swallowtail® (2002)

Berberis fendleri (Taos Co., NM collection) (2005)

Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition' PP#22,xxx (2011)

Delosperma dyeri Red Mountain® Flame

Delosperma dyeri Red Mountain® Flame

Hesperaloe parviflora 'Coral Glow' PPAF (2016)

Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One' (2014)

Lavender angustifolia ‘WWG02’ FlowerKisser™ After Midnight English Lavender(2019)

Monardella odoratissima ‘WWG04’ FlowerKisser™ Arizona Beauty (2019)

Muhlenbergia reverchonii (2008)

Salvia greggii ‘WWG03' FlowerKisser™ Coral Pink Sage (2019)

Salvia x 'WWG01' FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows Sage (2019)

Salvia greggii ‘WWG05' FlowerKisser™ Royal Rose Sage (2020)

Salvia hyb. Raspberry Delight® (2000)

Salvia phachyphylla (2004)

Salvia pachyphylla 'Blue-Flame' (2006)

Salvia sylvestris 'Little Night' PPAF

Scutellaria hyb. 'Dark Violet' (2010)

Sorghastrum nutans 'Thin Man' PPAF

Sporobolus wrightii 'Windbreaker' (2006)

Veronica hyb. Blue Reflection® (1998)

Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet® (1998)

Zinnia grandiflora 'Gold on Blue' (2012)

About Our Founders: David and Ava Salman
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For 29 years, the Salmans have been supplying waterwise plants at their Santa Fe Greenhouses retail nursery and greenhouse (1984) and the High Country Gardens mail order catalog (1993).  Combining David's plant and Ava's marketing expertise, the Salmans grew their business nationally.

In 2014, the Salmans opened  their wholesale WATERWISE GARDENING at their growing facility in Santa Fe as David continued to work as a plant supplier, breeder and lecturer.

David Salman's horticulture legacy includes the introduction of more than 60 improved hybrid, Old World and native plants offered by WATERWISE GARDENING and High Country Gardens.  Learn More About David

 

Agastache and Salvia
Particularly popular among David's plant introductions are a variety of cold-hardy agastache or "humming bird mint" and salvia.  Two favorites, the tall spikes of deep rose-pink clusters of Agastache Ava and the raspberry-colored Raspberry Delight, supply pollinators throughout Santa Fe and the Southwest.

View David's Plant Introductions with Photos

Helpful Growing Tips
Enjoy David's colorful plant descriptions and inspirational articles on waterwise garden design. These "Tips and Tricks" are a valuable resource for successful  planting.  A pioneer in sustainable gardening, David wrote and lectured on the importance of seasonal soil preparation using quality soil ammendments. His soil recommendations can be ordered throughout the year (order and pickup with curbside service) as well as at our annual Plant Sale Events in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

Get Inspired with David's Growing Tips


Hardy Perennials
From Santa Fe to South Africa, David sought hardy perennials that could survive the cold winters in western environments around Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
These perennials have been available through High Country Gardens for over 20 years, and are available annually our WATERWISE seasonal sale events in Santa Fe.

Click Here to Learn About:

  • Hummingbird Gardening

  • Xeriscaping

  • Gardening for pollinators

  • Cold-hardy Cacti and Succulents

  • Ornamental Grasses

  • Landscaping with native plants

  • Season long color with flowering perennials

Top Plant Introductions

Photo credits: @ Waterwise Gardening, LLC

Plan your Spring garden now and visit our growing facility at 2902 A Rufina Street on these dates:

April 20 - May 27, 2023

Thursday, Friday and Saturdays

9 AM - 4 PM

David's most important plant introductions are included in the list below:

(Click to View List with Pictures)

  • Agastache aurantiaca 'Shades of Orange' (2003)

  • Agastache hyb. 'Ava' (2004)

  • Agastache cana 'Rosita' (2008)

  • Agastache hyb. Desert Sunrise® (2000) 

  • Agastache hyb. 'Desert Solstice' (2010)

  • Agastache rupestris (1996)

  • Agastache rupestris Glowing Embers® (2002) 

  • Aloinopsis hyb. 'Psychedelic' (2007)

  • Aquilegia aff. longissima Swallowtail® (2000)

  • Berberis fendleri (Taos Co., NM collection) (2005)

  • Bouteloua gracilis 'Blonde Ambition PP#22,048 (2011)

  • Delosperma dyeri Red Mountain® Flame 

  • Hesperaloe parviflora 'Coral Glow' PP#29,626 (2018) 

  • Hesperaloe parviflora 'Straight Up Red' (2016)

  • Lavender angustifolia ‘WWG02’ FlowerKisser™

  • After Midnight English Lavender(2019)

  • Lavandula angustifolia 'Wee One' (2014) 

  • Monardella odoratissima ‘WWG04’ FlowerKisser™ Arizona Beauty (2019)

  • Salvia greggii ‘WWG03' FlowerKisser™ Coral Pink Sage (2019)

  • Salvia x 'WWG01' FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows Sage (2019)

  • Salvia greggii ‘WWG05' FlowerKisser™ Royal Rose Sage (2020)

  • Salvia hyb. Raspberry Delight® (2000)

  • Salvia pachyphylla (2004)

  • Salvia pachyphylla Blue Flame' (2006)

  • Salvia sylvestris 'Little Night' PP#28,925 (2016)

  • Scutellaria hyb. 'Dark Violet' (2010)

  • Sorghastrum nutans 'Thin Man' PP#28,923 (2014)

  • Sporobolus wrightii "Windbreaker' (2006)

  • Veronica hyb. Blue Reflection® (1998)

  • Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet® (1998)

  • Zinnia grandiflora 'Gold on Blue' (2012)