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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.
Albion, CA 95410
Tues 10 am – 4 pm
Wed. 10:30 am – 4 pm
Thu. 12 pm – 4 pm
Fri. & Sat. 10:30 am – 4 pm
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Acanthus (Bear’s Breaches)
at Digging Dog
Including Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’, and Acanthus spinosus
If you have always wanted an Acanthus but couldn't
squeeze one into your garden, you'll be pleased to
discover this compact smaller statured Bear's Breech.
The pagoda-style tower of white and purple hooded
flowers rises proudly from a textural, 18 in. tall lustrous
rosette, fashioned with finely chiseled dark forest green
leaves. Though Acanthus caroli-alexandri's origins are
uncertain, some say it's a form of Acanthus hungaricus, while
others claim it's a hybrid between Acanthus spinosus and Acanthus
hirsutus its bold lacy accents are sure to turn heads
in a tight spot or a more expansive planting.
Size: 3'–4' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.
Acanthus caroli-alexandri (P-1839)
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A lustrous mound of large, deeply lobed green leaves entertains majestic straight-up silvery green spires, composed of big pure white flowers that protrude from prominent canopy-like green bracts. With elegance and architecture to spare, this rarely offered perennial can be utilized as a statuesque pathway sentinel or as a compelling specimen in a mixed border. ‘Rue Ledan’ tolerates shade, wards off mildew and stays fresh in a cut arrangement for nearly 2 weeks.
Size: 3'–4' high x 2'–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 7.
Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’ (P-1918)
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Hailing from the eastern Mediterranean, this bold perennial is as strong as a gladiator, and equally commanding. We suggest you honor its statuesque posture by giving it lots of room. Held on lengthy stalks, the deeply divided, 2 to 3 ft. long leaves are glossy and very dark green. Spiny-looking, though not too sharp, the leaves’ erect yet arching architecture were the inspiration for the decorative crown on Corinthian capitals.
Mysterious 2 ft. tall wands of Foxglove-like flowers rise above the imposing mound. Long lasting and excellent for arrangements, each white-lipped blossom is anchored by a green-gray bract and nearly hidden by a decorative, hood-like purple calyx.
Size: 3'–4' high x 2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 6.
Acanthus spinosus (P-1094)
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Current Staff’s Favorite Plant
Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.
In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden! Digging Dog's mid March 2017 Newsletter Link
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