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Agastache aurantiaca 'Shades of Orange' (2003)

Agastache hyb. 'Ava' (2004)

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. '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)

Muhlenbergia reverchonii (2008)

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)

Upcoming Events

Gardening with Native Plants to Benefit Pollinators and Songbirds


Horticultural Art Society of Colorado Springs on April 2, 2022

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David will discuss how native plants are integral to a healthy urban/suburban ecosystem that supports pollinating insects, hummingbirds, and songbirds. He will also talk about the basic design principles for planting as well as which native woody plants, perennials, and ornamental grasses to plant in the Colorado Springs area.

Biography | Chief Horticulturist, David Salman
David Salman

David is a 1979 graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in Horticultural Science. He is the founder of Santa Fe Greenhouses retail nursery and greenhouse (1984) and the High Country Gardens mail order catalog (1993).  He is a founding member of the Colorado Plant Select® introduction program.

Invite David to Speak at your Conference or Symposium

David is a garden/landscape photographer and a well-traveled speaker who gives lectures on Xeriscaping and gardening throughout the US with a special focus on WATERWISE gardening, habitat gardening, and other important landscaping topics.  Please use the form below to inquire about honorarium cost and expense requirements.

Through thirty plus years of hands-on experience, David has acquired expertise in a wide range of horticultural endeavors including greenhouse production, perennial propagation, ornamental plant seed production, rock gardening , xeriscape design and commercial tree farming. 

David is a specialist, propagating and growing waterwise plants. He has introduced more than 50 improved hybrid, Old World and native plants sold through High Country Gardens over the past 20 years. His new company, WATERWISE Gardening is where David is continuing to focus on the breeding and improvement of cold hardy, xeric (water-wise), ornamental and habitat improving plants.  

Fill out the form below to book David Salman for an interview or speaking event.


Lecture topics include:

  • Hummingbird Gardening

  • Xeriscaping

  • Gardening for pollinators

  • Cold-hardy Cacti and Succulents

  • Ornamental Grasses

  • Landscaping with native plants

  • Season long color with flowering perennials


We’ve had David present during events at Conservation Garden Park on two occasions. He highlighted water wise plants in a very engaging and knowledgeable way. His treatment of attendees was respectful but authoritative in a way that kept the discussion moving while allowing some questions. Best of all, he was easy to coordinate with and was not demanding on our schedule but was flexible. We really appreciate David and hope to ask him to come present for us again. 


Clifton Smith | Garden Manager

Conservation Garden Park

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