High Country Gardens Introduces New Plants for 2010

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High Country Gardens, based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is known for introducing delightful new waterwise perennial plants to American gardeners every year. For Spring 2010, High Country Gardens continues this tradition with new offerings that include a dwarf lavender and a super cold-hardy variety of chocolate flower.

High Country Gardens, an award-winning source for waterwise plants, is proud to introduce new plants for 2010. The nationally recognized mailorder catalog and website specializes in easy-to-grow varieties that thrive in many areas of the country but grow particularly well in the climates of the western United States. High Country Gardens offers a wide range of perennials, ornamental grasses and shrubs including many water-wise (“xeric”) plants that need little or no extra water once established.

To receive a free Spring 2010 catalog, call High Country Gardens at 1-800-925-9387, Dept. PRWEB, or order a catalog and/or view the entire catalog online at http://www.highcountrygardens.com
New Plant Introductions from High Country Gardens for 2010

Lavandula angustifolia ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ (Dwarf English Lavender)
This is one of the most impressive English Lavender cultivars because of its compact size and prolific flowers. A plant selected from a cross between two of the best old varieties in cultivation, ‘Hidcote’ and ‘Munstead’, this super vigorous little plant puts on a show you have to see to believe. Growing only to 12-15 inches in height, the chubby little dark blue and lavender flower heads are held on short stems. ‘Thumbelina Leigh’ has a strong, sweet, long-lasting fragrance that stays with the dried flowers, which are excellent for filling sachets.
Ï Mature Size: 12-15” tall by 18-24” wide Ï USDA zones 5-10
Ï Loves low-fertility, well-drained soil Ï Companion plants: Hymenoxys scaposa and Pineleaf Penstemon.

Berlandiera lyrata (Super Hardy Chocolate Flower)
Who can resist the fragrant chocolate-scented flowers of this perennial? This marvelous perennial is native to Kansas, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Arizona. This new High Country Gardens selection of this increasingly popular plant was originally collected at an elevation 7,000 ft. in the short grass prairie of northeastern New Mexico. Here it adapted itself to thrive despite bone-chilling USDA zone 4 winters. Now, gardeners across the Great Plains and intermountain West can enjoy growing Chocolate Flower in their landscapes.
Ï Mature Size: 12-15” tall by 18-24” wide Ï Zones 4-8 Ï Grows in most soils including clay Ï Companion plants: Penstemon, Salvia

Mahonia fremontii (Desert Holly)
Desert Holly is an outstanding, showy broadleaf evergreen. An eye-catching shrub with gorgeous blue, sharply spined leaves, it also develops a wonderfully irregular branching structure. In late spring, mature plants erupt into bloom with highly fragrant, yellow flowers. Once pollinated, the flowers are replaced by thousands of orange-to-red berries that ripen by mid-summer. (Plant two or more for pollination!) HCG offers stocky two-year-old plants. Desert Holly grows very slowly in pots (forget about 5 gallon sized plants!). But once in the ground, with some irrigation, they grow with surprising rapidity.
Ï Mature Size: 5-10” tall by 5-10” wide Ï Zones 5-9 Ï Low-fertility, well-drained soil
Ï Companion plants: Rhus ‘Gro-low,’ Caryopteris

Allium ‘Millennium’ (Millennium Ornamental Onion)
‘Millennium’ has a vigorous growth habit, glossy dark-green strap-like foliage and huge 2 1/2-inch diameter, bright rose-pink flowering globes. (Mature plants can have 40-60 globes at one time!) Blooming in late July through August, it brings a welcome burst of color to the late days of summer. Put ‘Millennium’ on the top of the list of clay-loving perennials; it also grows readily in good garden loam. Untroubled by browsing animals and insect pests, you can count on this plant to perform reliably year after year. ‘Millennium’, named by its breeder, Allium expert Mark McDonough, is “must-have” addition to the perennial border.
Ï Mature Size: 15” tall by 18-22” wide Ï Zones 5-9 Ï Most soils including clay
Ï Grows well with Artemisia ‘Seafoam’

Zinnia grandiflora ‘Golden Eye’ (Golden Eye Prairie Zinnia)
Over the past 20 years, David Salman has collected seed of this species throughout New Mexico and Colorado and found many variations of flower color and form. ‘Golden Eye’ is one of his favorite collections, found growing in the short grass prairie of Mora County, NM. Its glowing golden-yellow flower petals surround the center with its fluffy golden-orange bundle of anthers. As ‘Golden Eye’ begins to flower, the stems fall open to create a beautifully spiraled arrangement of stems and foliage. ‘Golden Eye’ gives a discerning gardener the opportunity to grow an outstanding form of Prairie Zinnia.
Ï Mature Size: 6” tall by 10-12” wide Ï Zones 4-9 Ï Companion
plants: Salvia ‘Raspberry Delight,’ Scutellaria resinosa

Andropogon gerardii ‘Mega Blue’ (Mega Blue Big Bluestem Grass)
A mature plant of ‘Mega Blue’ in its full early-fall glory will stop you in your tracks! A strong, vertically growing cultivar with distinctive gray-blue foliage and tall, full bronzy flowering spikes, this is a superb specimen for use in xeriscapes and perennial flower and/or ornamental grass borders. Selected by plantsman Bill Adams of Pueblo, CO, ‘Mega Blue’ is a unique form of North America’s most famous tall grass prairie native grass.
Ï Mature Size: 24-36” tall by 18-24” wide Ï Zones 4-8 Ï Grows in most soils including clay Ï Companion plants: Vernonia baldwinii, Artemisia ‘Powis Castle’

Thymus praecox sp. arcticus ‘Coccineus’ (Pink Creeping Thyme)
This is an outstanding creeping thyme selection that is well adapted to both arid, western landscapes and east of the Mississippi in moister, more humid climates. A long-lived, vigorous cultivar, Pink Creeping Thyme has tiny, glossy, dark green leaves covered with light pink flowers pushing from rose-pink buds in early summer. This thyme is impressively xeric with tough, woody stems and leathery foliage that won’t fry in the heat. David Salman of High Country Gardens highly recommends this variety over Red Mother of Thyme (Thymus serpyllum ‘Coccineus’); while the flowers are not as deeply rose-pink, the plant itself is so much better in all respects!
Ï Mature Size: 2” tall by 18-30” wide Ï Zones 4-9 Ï Grows in low-fertility, well-drained soil Ï Companion plants: Missouri Evening Primrose, English Lavender

Agave neomexicana ‘Sunspot’
A High Country Gardens exclusive, this may be the first really cold hardy variegated Agave in cultivation. The original plant was spotted growing among a crop of seedgrown Agave neomexicana plants over a dozen years ago. Finally, HCG got this unique plant into the hands of a skilled tissue culture lab and is now able offer ‘Sunspot’ to the public. With its green and cream-yellow variegation and jet black spines, this is a very handsome plant in the ground or growing in a pot. When grown in the ground, ‘Sunspot’ produces a lot of offsets, eventually forming a multi-headed clump of up to one-foot-wide rosettes. A 2010 MGA Green Thumb Award winner as selected by the Mailorder Gardening Association (http://www.mailordergardening.com).
Ï Mature Size: 12” tall by 15-20” wide Ï Zones 6-10 Ï Grows in low-fertility, well-drained soil Ï Plant with cacti

Lavandula intermedia ‘Gros Bleu’
This is a new, very refined, compact-growing French hybrid lavender that is an excellent choice for smaller gardens where ‘Provence’ or ‘Grosso’ would be too large. The plant has gracefully thin, tapered flower heads with dark indigo blue calyxes and lavender flowers. The flowers have a very sweet fragrance without the camphor overtones (much like ‘Provence’) making it an excellent choice for use as a culinary plant. When grown in hot sun, the plant has nice gray foliage that turns a distinctive lavender color in winter. Very nice!
Ï Mature Size: 24-28” tall by 30-36” wide Ï Zones 6-10 Ï Grows in low-fertility, well-drained soil Ï Plant with Zauschneria ‘Wayne’s Select,’ Calylophus

Melampodium leucanthemum (Black Foot Daisy)
An outstanding dryland wildflower, Black Foot Daisy is superbly adapted to life in arid lands. With decent rains, it will flower almost all summer, covering itself with one-inch wide, white-petaled, yellow-centered daisies borne on tidy, mounding plants. Not a plant for beginners or drip systems! Careful attention to watering (not
too much and not too little) the first growing season will yield happy plants that reseed and spread. Black Foot Daisies particularly like sandy soils (no clay!) and gravel mulch.
Ï Mature Size: 10-12” tall by 15-20” wide Ï Zones 5-10 Ï Low-fertility, well-drained soil Ï Companion plants: Zinnia grandiflora, Penstemon

To receive a free Spring 2010 catalog, call High Country Gardens at 1-800-925-9387, Dept. PRWEB, or order a catalog and/or view the entire catalog online at http://www.highcountrygardens.com

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