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Luminous Pineleaf Penstemon

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High Country Gardens is renowned for our unique plant introductions - especially cold-hardy, waterwise plants that come from rugged landscapes, high elevations, and harsh climates. Founder and Chief Horticulturalist David Salman carefully selects and develops plants for their beauty and improved garden performance, including unique flower color, improved disease resistance, or exceptional value to pollinators. High Country Gardens Exclusives are plants, gardens, and collections that you won’t find anywhere else!

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Luminous Pineleaf Penstemon

Exclusive Plants & Introductions

High Country Gardens is renowned for our unique plant introductions - especially cold-hardy, waterwise plants that come from rugged landscapes, high elevations, and harsh climates. Founder and Chief Horticulturalist David Salman carefully selects and develops plants for their beauty and improved garden performance, including unique flower color, improved disease resistance, or exceptional value to pollinators. High Country Gardens Exclusives are plants, gardens, and collections that you won’t find anywhere else!

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  1. Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection

    Our Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection features four perennial groundcovers with impressive floral displays from mid-to-late spring. Creeping Thyme and Veronica are durable...

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    Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection
    As low as $33.99
    Per Collection of 4
    Our Tread On Me Evergreen Groundcover Collection features four perennial groundcovers with impressive floral displays from mid-to-late spring. Creeping Thyme and Veronica are durable and can handle moderate foot traffic. These plants are ideal for a no-mow lawn alternative, or for planting between pavers or stones in walkways and patios. Collection of 4 or 12 plants
  2. Coral Glow Texas Yucca, Hesperaloe parviflora Coral Glow PP#29,626

    This new cultivar of Texas Yucca blooms all summer with six-foot tall spikes of glowing coral-orange flowers. A cross between a yellow and red flowered variety, Hesperaloe parviflora...

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    Coral Glow Texas Yucca (Hesperaloe) Coral Glow Texas Yucca Hesperaloe parviflora Coral Glow PP#29,626
    As low as $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    This new cultivar of Texas Yucca blooms all summer with six-foot tall spikes of glowing coral-orange flowers. A cross between a yellow and red flowered variety, Hesperaloe parviflora Coral Glow PP#29,626 has been an outstanding performer.
  3. Orange Zauschneria canum var. arizonica Sky Island Orange, Zauschneria canum var. arizonica Sky Island Orange, Sky Island Orange Hummingbird Trumpet

    An especially graceful selection of Hummingbird Trumpet, Zauschneria canum var. arizonica ‚Sky Island Orange‚ blooms in early fall with hundreds of long, bright orange no...

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    Sky Island Orange Hummingbird Trumpet (Zauschneria) Sky Island Orange Hummingbird Trumpet (Fire Chalice) Zauschneria canum var. arizonica Sky Island Orange
    $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    An especially graceful selection of Hummingbird Trumpet, Zauschneria canum var. arizonica 'Sky Island Orange' blooms in early fall with hundreds of long, bright orange nodding tubular flowers.
  4. Yellow Helianthus maximiliana Dakota Sunshine, Helianthus maximiliana Dakota Sunshine, Dakota Sunshine Maximilian's Sunflower

    Exclusive. Dakota Sunshine is an August blooming selection of the native Maximilian‚s Sunflower. Chosen from South Dakota collected seed, this cultivar is especially useful in ...

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    Dakota Sunshine Maximilian's Sunflower (Helianthus) Dakota Sunshine Maximilian's Sunflower Helianthus maximiliani Dakota Sunshine
    As low as $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Dakota Sunshine is an August blooming selection of the native Maximilian's Sunflower. Chosen from South Dakota collected seed, this cultivar is especially useful in short season climates to avoid flower damage from early frosts. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
  5. Prairie Gold Butterfly Weed, Asclepias tuberosa 'Prairie Gold'

    ‚Prairie Gold‚ Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a beautiful golden-yellow form of this popular native wildflower. This selection is grown from seed collected from a...

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    Prairie Gold Butterfly Weed Prairie Gold Butterfly Weed Asclepias tuberosa 'Prairie Gold'
    $11.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    'Prairie Gold' Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) is a beautiful golden-yellow form of this popular native wildflower. This selection is grown from seed collected from a wild population in its Indiana habitat. Grow this special native cultivar to add unexpected color and an interesting conversation starter to your pollinator garden. A 2021 High Country Gardens Introduction.
  6. Blue Penstemon Blue Lips, Penstemon Blue Lips, Blue Lips hybrid Beardtongue

    Exclusive. Blue Lips has beautiful flowers and foliage. It blooms in late spring with short spikes of blue-lipped, lavender throated flowers. Shear off the faded flowers to reveal th...

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    Blue Lips Penstemon Blue Lips Hybrid Beardtongue Penstemon Blue Lips
    $8.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Exclusive. Blue Lips has beautiful flowers and foliage. It blooms in late spring with short spikes of blue-lipped, lavender throated flowers. Shear off the faded flowers to reveal the wonderful blue-gray evergreen foliage. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction. 2009 Plant of the Year.
  7. Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata, Silver Leaf Rabbit Brush

    Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata) is a showy native shrub that stands out in the landscape with its attractive, finely textured silver-gray foliage and eye-c...

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    La Plata Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus) La Plata Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata
    $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Silver Leaf Rabbitbrush (Chrysothamnus nauseosus La Plata) is a showy native shrub that stands out in the landscape with its attractive, finely textured silver-gray foliage and eye-catching display of golden-yellow flowers beginning in late summer-early fall.
  8. Zig Zag Blue Grama Grass, Bouteloua gracilis 'Zig Zag' PPAF

    Exclusive to High Country Gardens. Zig Zag Grama Grass (Bouteloua x ‚Zig Zag‚ PPAF) will be the star of your summer garden. It has a very compact habit and blooms with a ...

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    Zig Zag Blue Grama Grass Zig Zag Blue Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis 'Zig Zag' PPAF
    $7.99
    Per Plant - 2.5" Pot
    Exclusive to High Country Gardens. Zig Zag Grama Grass (Bouteloua x 'Zig Zag' PPAF) will be the star of your summer garden. It has a very compact habit and blooms with a profusion of horizontal eyebrow-like flowers in mid-summer. The flowers ripen to a light tan color, curl upward on the flower spike, and hold on the plant through winter, providing months of flowers and seed heads. This native grass is a fantastic long-lived companion plant for all types of perennials and grasses in low-water gardens. A High Country Gardens Introduction.
  9. Superstar Aster Collection

    Our Superstar Aster Collection is an easy solution for late summer to fall color. Native Asters are important late-season food sources for bees and butterflies, including Monarchs. F...

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    Superstar Aster Collection Superstar Aster Collection
    $53.99
    Per Collection of 5
    Our Superstar Aster Collection is an easy solution for late summer to fall color. Native Asters are important late-season food sources for bees and butterflies, including Monarchs. Featuring five varieties of Asters for an array of colors and varying heights, this collection will refresh the garden with late season flowers, just as summer’s blooms begin to fade. Collection of 5 plants. (Symphyotrichum)
  10. Lavandula angustifolia WWG002 FlowerKisser™ After Midnight

    FlowerKisser™ After Midnight English Lavender has stunning, dark colored flower spikes with deep indigo-blue calyxes and large violet-purple flowers on a medium sized plant wit...

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    FlowerKisser™ After Midnight English Lavender FlowerKisser™ After Midnight English Lavender Lavandula angustifolia 'WWG002'
    As low as $15.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    FlowerKisser™ After Midnight English Lavender has stunning, dark colored flower spikes with deep indigo-blue calyxes and large violet-purple flowers on a medium sized plant with gray-green foliage.
  11. Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden Design

    The Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden will create a relaxed cottage style perennial garden. Planting masses of nectar-rich flowers magnifies their visual impact and appea...

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    Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden
    As low as $176.99
    Per Garden of 16 Plants
    The Butterfly Paradise Pre-Planned Cottage Garden will create a relaxed cottage style perennial garden. Planting masses of nectar-rich flowers magnifies their visual impact and appeal to pollinators, helping butterflies find your garden. Flowers will multiply and spread year after year, offering bold blooms from late spring to late summer. Large garden of 30 plants covers 90 sq ft, small garden of 16 plants covers 40 sq ft.
  12. Fabulous Flowers and Foliage Shade Garden

    The Fabulous Flowers and Foliage Shade Garden is an easy-to-grow garden for planting in shade, dappled shade, or morning sun. Bright pink, yellow, and white flowers bloom from late s...

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    Fabulous Flowers & Foliage Shade Pre-Planned Garden Fabulous Flowers & Foliage Shade Pre-Planned Garden
    $173.99
    Per Garden of 18 Plants
    The Fabulous Flowers and Foliage Shade Garden is an easy-to-grow garden for planting in shade, dappled shade, or morning sun. Bright pink, yellow, and white flowers bloom from late spring through summer. Flowers are complemented by pleasing foliage that provides a textural backdrop for season long interest. Garden of 18 plants covers 40 sq ft.
  13. Agastache Best In Show Collection

    We‚re known for our fantastic Agastache offerings and this collection includes our favorites! Hummingbird Mints, as their name suggests, are very attractive to hummingbirds. Wi...

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    Best In Show Agastache Collection Agastache Best In Show Collection
    As low as $62.99
    Per Collection of 5

    We're known for our fantastic Agastache offerings and this collection includes our favorites! Hummingbird Mints, as their name suggests, are very attractive to hummingbirds. With this carefully chosen collection, you'll have a sampling of our best Agastache offerings in a range of dramatic colors. Resistant to deer and rabbits.

  14. Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden

    Plant our drought resistant Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Panned Garden to grow more flowers and foliage while using less water. Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this eye-catching combinat...

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    Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden
    As low as $191.99
    Per Garden of 18 Plants
    Plant our drought resistant Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Panned Garden to grow more flowers and foliage while using less water. Perfect for hot, dry, sunny gardens, this eye-catching combination of long-blooming perennials will light up the landscape with bright, clear colors. Easy-care plants feature inedible foliage that keep rabbits and deer away. Large garden of 27 plants covers 190 sq ft, small garden of 18 plants covers 100 sq ft. (For gardeners in coastal CA, OR, and WA, plant the Jumbo Waterwise Pre-Planned Garden For The West Coast)
  15. Swamp Milkweed Collection

    Our ‘Swamp Milkweed Collection’ is the perfect start to your butterfly garden, rain garden, stream bed, or anywhere you want to see beautiful flowers and pollinators in w...

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    Swamp Milkweed Collection Swamp Milkweed Collection Asclepias incarnata Collection
    $37.99
    Per Collection of 3
    Our ‘Swamp Milkweed Collection’ is the perfect start to your butterfly garden, rain garden, stream bed, or anywhere you want to see beautiful flowers and pollinators in wet soil. Pink and white flowers on tall stems with lovely long green leaves look beautiful in large plantings, or paired with other tall perennials. In fall, look for plentiful silky-haired seeds. Asclepias incarnata (also known as Rose Milkweed) is a native perennial, and the sole host plant of Monarch Butterflies. In time, this deer resistant plants will spread and naturalize to help your pollinator garden grow! Collection of 3 plants.
  16. Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition, Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass

    Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048) is a native ornamental grass with a completely new look. The horizontal eyelash-like chartreuse flower...

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    Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048
    As low as $13.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot

    Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Bouteloua gracilis Blonde Ambition PP#22,048) is a native ornamental grass with a completely new look. The horizontal eyelash-like chartreuse flowers appear in mid-summer and age to blonde seed heads by fall. They are held on the plant right through the winter to provide many months of interest. 2011 Plant of The Year

  17. Orange Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet, Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet, Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet

    2001 Plant Select Winner 4-6„ tall x 15-18„ wide. Orange Carpet® is a vigorous perennial groundcover that blooms in mid- to late summer with a profusion of bright ora...

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    Orange Carpet® Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet (Zauschneria) Creeping Hummingbird Trumpet Orange Carpet® (Fire Chalice) Zauschneria garrettii Orange Carpet®
    $12.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    2001 Plant Select Winner 4-6" tall x 15-18" wide. Orange Carpet® is a vigorous perennial groundcover that blooms in mid- to late summer with a profusion of bright orange trumpet shaped flowers. Spreading with underground stems, this beauty is perfect for slopes and cascading over the edges of raised beds.
  18. Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden

    Exclusive. The ‘Habitat Hero’ Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden will delight gardeners who enjoy attracting birds to their yards with a carefully selected mix of 15 perennia...

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    Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden Habitat Hero Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden
    $174.99
    Per Garden of 15 Plants
    Exclusive. The ‘Habitat Hero’ Birdwatcher Pre-Planned Garden will delight gardeners who enjoy attracting birds to their yards with a carefully selected mix of 15 perennials, shrubs and ornamental grasses in mixed pot sizes of 2.5" and 5". Drought resistant/drought tolerant plants (xeric).
  19. Select Blue Catmint, Nepeta faassenii Select Blue

    Nepeta ‚Select Blue‚ (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the fi...

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    Select Blue Nepeta Select Blue Catmint Nepeta faassenii Select Blue
    As low as $11.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Nepeta 'Select Blue' (Select Blue Catmint) is a fantastic xeric perennial with dramatic lavender-blue flowers and handsome gray-green foliage. A recurrent bloomer, the first flush of flowers comes in late spring, and again later in summer. A long-lived, easily grown perennial, this is an excellent plant for beginners.
  20. Pollinator Paradise Pre-Planned Garden

    Rich with nectar and fragrance, the Pollinator Paradise Pre-Planned Garden is the perfect way to keep bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies well-fed from early summer to early fall. Wi...

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    Pollinator Paradise Pre-Planned Garden Pollinator Paradise Pre-Planned Garden
    $88.99
    Per Garden of 8 Plants
    Rich with nectar and fragrance, the Pollinator Paradise Pre-Planned Garden is the perfect way to keep bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies well-fed from early summer to early fall. With beautiful, easy-to-grow perennials, you'll enjoy this colorful garden as much as the pollinators. Suitable for most of the country, but not the desert southwest or deep south. Garden includes 8 plants covering 25 square feet.
  21. Rock Garden Groundcover Collection

    The Rock Garden Groundcover Collection includes a mix of three popular groundcovers that deliver texture and color in your rock garden all season. These easy-to-grow plants are droug...

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    Rock Garden Groundcover Collection Rock Garden Groundcover Collection
    $84.99
    Per Collection of 9
    The Rock Garden Groundcover Collection includes a mix of three popular groundcovers that deliver texture and color in your rock garden all season. These easy-to-grow plants are drought tolerant, deer resistant, and evergreen. Varied low-growing foliage is brightened with colorful flowers in spring, attracting pollinators. Create a beautiful rock garden or layer this collection in front of taller perennials and bulbs. Collection of 9 plants.
  22. Ava's Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop), Agastache Ava

    Agastache Ava is one of High Country Gardens very best plant introductions, renowned for its tall spikes of deep rose-pink flowers held by raspberry-red calyxes. This vigorous hybrid...

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    Ava Agastache Ava's Hummingbird Mint (Hyssop) Agastache Ava
    As low as $14.49
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Agastache Ava is one of High Country Gardens very best plant introductions, renowned for its tall spikes of deep rose-pink flowers held by raspberry-red calyxes. This vigorous hybrid Hummingbird Mint blooms for many months beginning in mid-summer. 2005 Plant of the Year.
  23. Yellow Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe, Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe, Maximilian's Sunflower

    Exclusive. Santa Fe is a selected form of Maximilian‚s Sunflower chosen for its huge, bright yellow daisies that tightly pack the 6 foot tall flowering spike. A tough perennial...

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    Santa Fe Maximilian's Sunflower (Helianthus) Santa Fe Maximilian's Sunflower Helianthus maximiliana Santa Fe
    $14.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Exclusive. Santa Fe is a selected form of Maximilian's Sunflower chosen for its huge, bright yellow daisies that tightly pack the 6 foot tall flowering spike. A tough perennial for difficult growing conditions, it blooms in mid-September. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction.
  24. Muhlenbergia reverchonii, Undaunted Ruby Muhly Grass

    Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass (Plant Select) has an impressive late summer display of see-through amber-pink flower spikes. This is the one Muhly grass with showy pink flowering pl...

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    Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia reverchonii PUND01S
    As low as $10.99
    Per Plant - 5" Deep Pot
    Undaunted® Ruby Muhly Grass (Plant Select) has an impressive late summer display of see-through amber-pink flower spikes. This is the one Muhly grass with showy pink flowering plumes that can be grown in USDA zones 5 and 6. A High Country Gardens introduction. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
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