This is the first time I’ve ever ordered live plants by mail, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to work. When looking for prairie and drought-tolerant plants a while back, I stumbled across High Country Gardens online. They have a great catalog (current copy is on my nightstand, all marked up with dog-eared pages and wishful highlighter marks).
I was surprised how neatly and efficiently packaged everything was, all in one tidy little box. Not sure what I was expecting, but I guess I imagined a ginormous box with lots of bubble wrap.
Each plant was enclosed in a little clear plastic bag. Each had a label, and the dormant plants were labeled with a yellow tag saying “I’m a dormant plant. Please see the planting guide.” Even though the Prairie Husband kicked the box from the porch through the front door and down the hall (his hands were full and didn’t know what treasures that box contained) … everyone remained securely in place. No damage or injury (to the PH). The plants were okay too!
It was probably two to three days from arrival at Hilltop House before I could plant. The baggies kept the plantlings happily moist while they waited for placement.
Oh, and did I mention that the folks at High Country were great?! They quickly responded to my questions by email. Not to mention the end-of-season sale — all the plants I ordered were 50% off! Yippee! I’m definitely ordering from them again.
Next: Plants, Welcome to the Prairie Square!