High Country Gardens Offers New Plants for Fall 2014


High Country Gardens, a top online source for tough perennial plants that thrive in even the most challenging conditions, has introduced new perennials for Fall 2014 planting. The new varieties include the petite ‘Lutsko’s Dwarf’ Spanish Lavender and ‘Red Happiness’ Hummingbird Mint—an exciting new color for the Agastache genus.

“Spring gets most of the gardening attention, but in many ways fall is the ideal planting season,” says David Salman, chief horticulturist of High Country Gardens. “The fall planting season, from late-August through October, is an excellent time to plant cold-hardy perennials, shrubs and trees. Planting in the fall gives a plant a chance to set roots before freezing weather sets in. Plants started in the fall will be larger and have more flowers than those planted the following spring because they have a more established root system.

“Fall planting is especially helpful for hot summer areas in USDA Zones 7-10. It helps to establish plants with good deep roots before the extreme heat of the following summer.”

All of the new introductions described below—and hundreds of perennial favorites—are available at High Country Gardens.

'Red Happiness' Hummingbird Mint‘Red Happiness’ Hummingbird Mint (Agastache ‘Red Happiness’)

Agastache ‘Red Happiness’ is an exciting new color for the Agastache genus. This High Country Gardens Exclusive Introduction has large, beautifully colored red flowers that are guaranteed to make you smile. A hybrid discovered by HCG founder David Salman in one of his Santa Fe xeric gardens, ‘Red Happiness’ is a very cold hardy hummingbird mint that’s long blooming from mid-summer into fall and attracts large numbers of hummingbirds to its nectar-rich flowers. The plant has excellent vigor in the garden and is also very deer and rabbit resistant with its strongly mint-scented foliage. Agastache ‘Red Happiness’ will reach 30-36” tall and 15-18” wide. It thrives in full sun in well-drained soil throughout USDA Zones 5-9. Each plant comes in a 5-inch premium pot.

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