High Altitude Gardening
I'm not exactly sure where to put my request---perhaps someone would be kind enough to direct me? I live at an altitude of 5500 ft. in North Carolina. We are on a mountain ridge with HIGH winds--40 to 100mph, cool temps,(doesn't get above 75 in the summer, and many days are in the clouds! The county extension guy said we are from a zone 2 to 4---sort of depends on how you hold your mouth. We have a veggie garden, mostly cold loving things--forget tomatoes--and hostas grow to the size of tires! The cool temps cause flowers to become HUGE. I need help finding Alpine type flowers that would be happy here. I'm sick of hostas, coneflowers, daylillies, and creeping juniper. We want unique and exciting flowers and shrubs. Our Property is wooded with areas of both shade and sun. We need help to make it a beautiful "treasure in mountains."