Current Staff's Favorite Plant
I wanted this arrangement to celebrate the diverse beauty that autumn affords. It was photographed by acclaimed garden photographer, Saxon Holt, who happened to be visiting us.
Autumnal Fanfare: Lambent Leaves, Glistening Berries, Fleeting Flowers, last chance for Fantastic Fall Sale, Gift Certificates now on sale!
Here at Digging Dog, we’ve had some welcome rain to actually soak the soil. With the onset of shorter days and chilly nights, a quieter contemplative mood envelopes parts of the garden. As many herbaceous plants are fading into dormancy, evergreen shrubs, bold-toned leaves, textural seed-heads plus plump glistening berries take center stage. The impressive group of plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye when I strolled through the nursery and garden yesterday. I hope you enjoy these compelling autumnal offerings. In many locales throughout the country, there’s still time to tuck some botanical gems into an empty garden nook.
“First order just received. Excellent condition, great packing. Thanks. I'm sure we'll be ordering again.”
~Jim in Massachusetts
Digging Dog Nursery
a retail and mail order plant nursery specializing in unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and vines.
31101 Middle Ridge Rd.
Tues 10 am – 4 pm
We are a small family-run business, growing high quality plants that you can count on to be healthy, vigorous and ready to plant. As landscape designers and nursery-folk, we offer a selection of tried and true garden performers, as well as many new varieties that excel for easy care, long blooming periods, year-round interest, and most of all, for versatility.
When you visit or call us, chances are you will be greeted by one or more of these friendly and conscientious folks:
To Old And New Friends Of Digging Dog Nursery:
Welcome and welcome back!
Each season passes, distinguished by leafless branches and swelling buds, rampant growth, flowery fetes then blazing leaves, drawing this year closer to its end. On the brink of a fresh beginning, we invite you to dig into our hot-off-the-press Digging Dog catalog and envision the rousing arrival of next spring. Pour a beverage, find a cozy spot and wander through our 25th edition, where you'll find nearly 90 new selections, coupled with many beloved “golden oldies”.
The eclectic treasure-trove of our exceptional offerings is steeped in potential for varied locales, microclimates and cultural conditions throughout the country. We guarantee our plants will vitalize your senses, fuel your gusto for gardeningŠor at the least, transform a lackluster bed. We've highlighted some of our favorites below.
Championed by beneficial pollinators and plant enthusiasts, undemanding American perennial beauties include Vernonia ‘White Lightening’ plus Deam's Black-Eyed Susan, an ebullient yellow queen that wields late season flowers, while sweet-smelling Phlox ‘London Grove Blue’ and the silver-pink plumes of tenacious Geum triflorum both share smaller winsome profiles. Nestle Blue Dragon Terrestrial Orchids or Primula ‘Elizabeth Killelay’ into intimate garden nooks to enjoy their intricate floral elegance.
Stunning steadfast U.S. denizens can also be found amongst the ornamental grasses. Eragrostis spectabilis as well as Sporobolus ‘Tara’ premier exquisite fine-hewn inflorescences and Schizachyrium ‘Jazz’ orchestrates fleecy pewter-hued seed heads atop steel blue blades. Indigenous to haunts farther abroad, Carex ‘Silver Sceptre’ and Hakonechloa ‘Sunny Delight’ spotlight stylish arching blades.
Showcasing horticultural panache, Corylopsis ‘Aurea’, Variegated Five-Fingered Aralia and Hydrangea aspera Villosa Group—all furnish welcome structure and merit a prominent position. If you're looking for something diminutive but with an equally marvelous visage, consider Magnolia ‘Free Spirit’ or Daphne genkwa.
Trees establish a grand sense of permanence. Try debuting rarely cultivated Tetracentron sinense for a graceful addition to a lawn or patio area. Perhaps you're considering a vertical element, a vine to clamber skyward. There's regal Clematis ‘Gipsy Queen’ who has enjoyed over 100 years of fame, Clematis ‘Ascotiensis’s metallic blue-mauve luster or well-mannered Wisteria ‘Aunt Maude’, draping her floral charm on upright supports.
Touting numerous physical and psychological benefits, recent studies have been published on the importance of experiencing awe. Luckily, us gardeners have the opportunity to do so on a daily basis! That said, we continue to be amazed and inspired by the plants we grow and hope you relish their myriad possibilities as much as we do.
We sincerely value each and every one of you, our much appreciated customers, and extend many thank-yous for your loyal patronage. Your continuing feedback, helpful suggestions and kind compliments make us feel very grateful.
All of the nursery staff—as well as the notorious Digging Doggies, Maya, Neptune and Boobah plus the feline brigade, Clause, Olivia and Parquette—wish you countless afternoons digging or simply lounging in your own leafy haven.
From our greenhouses to your front door, may our plants lure you outside more often and truly delight you for years to come!
Digging Dog in the News!
From from the Fort Bragg Advocate News and Mendocino Beacon, March 20, 2014
Kristin, a prominent garden blogger, tours the nursery and brings her camera: “Digging Dog Nursery” in Garden Lust; One designer's musings, longings, and observations about all things garden, style, plant, and good. September 24, 2011
Another photo tour by a gardener/blogger: “Digging Dog Nursery — Worth a Visit!” by Donna of TheRadishPatch.com. August 5, 2013.
The nursery and surrounding gardens are featured in this eight page article: “American Dream” by Kate Frey in Gardens Illustrated, July, 2009
A photo-tour of the nursery grounds by photographer Karl Gercens: “Digging Dog Nursery”
The cover of Martha Stewart Living, March 2006
"15 Years of the Best Gardening Sources"
"Secret Garden: At Digging Dog Nursery on the Mendocino Coast, there's much more than what first meets the eye," by Meg McConahey, June 17, 2006, Santa Rosa Press Democrat
"Digging Dog Nursery unearths unusual plants," by Miriam Owen, San Francisco Chronicle, September 9, 2006
"Digging Dog Nursery in Mendocino," Petaluma's BlogTown USA: Sue Wilcox,
Petaluma Argus Courier, September 28, 2006
Fine Gardening Magazine's September-October 2006 issue lists Digging Dog Nursery as one of its 8 favorite destinations for plant shopping. Fine Gardening, Garden Variety, page 18, Sept.-Oct. '06.
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