High Country Gardens Spring 2012 : Page 5

Water wise Perennials Late Spring Blooming Plant of the Y ear W – Summer inners! NEW! 2012 Plant of the Year Native! 2011 Plant of the Year Native! HIGH High COUNTRY Country 2011 Summer Blooming INTRODUCTION HIGH High COUNTRY Country 2012 2011 NEW! Hesperaloe parviflora ‘Perpa’ PPAF (Brakelights ® Red Yucca) INTRODUCTION Plant in Winter Close-up of Seed Heads Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ PP#22048 (Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass) The first truly red flowered Red Yucca, Brakelights blooms all summer with attention grabbing brakelight-red flowers. The longest blooming Red Yucca you can grow, its nectar rich flowers look up at the sky and keep the hummingbirds in your yard all summer. A semi-dwarf grower, this beauty is at least a third smaller than the typical Red Yucca making it ideal for narrow “inferno strips” and other small, but hot locations. The dark green, grassy non-spiny leaves are compact and evergreen giving this beauty year-round interest. Brakelights is the result of over 10 years of breed-ing and evaluation by nurseryman and native plant expert Ron Gass of Mountain States Wholesale Nusery Phoenix, AZ. Heat loving and very cold tolerant. A HCG mail order exclusive! 30" tall (in flower) x 24-30" wide | Zones 5-10 | #1 (“Gallon”) Pot Low Fertility, Well-Drained Soil | Plant with Lavender, Blue Salvia # 12768 $24.99 ea. 3 or more plants $22.99 ea. At High Country Gardens we carefully select our plant offerings for hardiness, ease-of-care and beauty. Our “Plant of the Year” designation is given to one plant that embodies the very best of those qualities. Plant Select winner 2011 . Seldom does a new grass selection offer the gardener something so completely different and excit-ing. Its profusion of big, showy chartreuse flowers, held horizontally above the leaves is unlike any other ornamental grass in cultivation. An exceptionally large growing selection of our native Blue Grama, it has 2½ to 3 ft. tall stems of flowers that mature to long lasting blonde seed heads. These flag-like flowers rise up out of the blue-green foliage in mid-summer and are held on stiff, weather-resistant stems. ‘Blonde Ambition’ provides exceptional winter interest as the stems of seed heads pop up after a snow fall and remain standing through winter, giving the grass 6 to 8 months of garden color and texture. The long stemmed seed heads are also invaluable for dried arrangements. This beauty is extremely cold hardy, grows in a wide range of soil types and is a perfect choice for low maintenance home or commer-cial landscapes. Its round, mounding shape makes it the perfect companion for tall, upright growing ornamental grasses such as Panicum and Calamagrostis ‘Karl Foerster’ and perennial flowers including Agastache, Echinacea, Aster and Salvia . Discovered and introduced by David Salman of High Country Gardens. 30-36" x 30-36" w | Zones 4-9 | 5" Premium Pot or #1 (“Gallon”) Pot Most Soil Including Clay | Plant with Agastache # 27016 5" Premium Pot $9.99 ea. 3 or more plants $9.49 ea. # J7061 #1 (“Gallon”) Pot $14.99 ea. 3 or more plants $14.49 ea. Morning Sun All day shade Rabbit Resistant Deer Resistant Hummingbirds Butterflies Feed the Bees Only in Western US 5

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