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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
Tuesday by appointment only
Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile)
at Digging Dog
Including Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’, and Agapanthus ‘Lilliput’
Lily of the Nile
Seducing gardeners and butterflies, Agapanthus hails from
South Africa and procures its name from the Greek words
agape and anthos meaning ‘love flower’. Well draining,
not-too-rich, loamy soils, afternoon shade where it’s hot
and protection from cold winter nights ensure a happy
specimen that even obliges an occasional dry period once
A glossy green fountain of low growing, straplike evergreen foliage offers up loosely arranged round umbels, which unfurl like exploding fireworks, atop sturdy leafless stalks. Violet anthers and deep purple stems augment the cool dark blue, tubular flowers. Well-suited for a container or the front lines of a bed amid silver-leafed plants, small-statured ‘Lilliput’ thrives in well draining, not-too-rich, loamy soils, withstanding some dry periods once established. It appreciates afternoon shade where it’s hot and winter protection from the cold.
Blooms July – September.
Size: 2' 0" high x 18" wide. Zone 7/8.
Agapanthus ‘Lilliput’ (P-1602)
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It was Barrie Coate’s discerning eye that chose this
magnificent darkly hued treasure from a batch of Agapanthus
‘Mood Indigo’ seedlings when he was director
of California’s Saratoga Horticultural Foundation.
Touted as the richest and darkest flowers of the genus,
amazing huge purple-laced blue globes each house up
to 100 individual florets on strong, thick greenish black
lustrous stalks. The nearly iridescent floral presentation is beguiling to garden visitors and hummingbirds,
gathering some 3 or 4 ft. above a large lush evergreen
clump of shiny bright green strap-like leaves, which
transmutes purple and red shades in winter and
provides year-round bold foliar texture.
Size: 4' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide. Zone 7/8.
Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ (P-1790)
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Current Staff's Favorite Plant
Our featured plant: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Sikes Dwarf'
Perennials that cool down a hot summer day, refreshing foliage, soothing blooms, last chance to take advantage of our summer sale!
Bring sparkling beauty to your August plantings
Perhaps you’re looking for some soothing floral or foliar accents on a hot summer day! We’ve found that snowy white, clear pink, pale yellow and deep blue blooms coupled with silver, bluish green or emerald-toned leaves become refreshing counterpoints to warmer-hued flowers. They offer a place where your eye can rest, much like cleansing your palette when tasting wine. These shades meld the spicy-colored flowers of many Achillea, Crocosmia, Dahlia, Geum, Helenium, Kniphofia, Rudbeckia and Salvia.
Our next guided Saturday Strolls is August 19th., followed by September 16th & October 7th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer. Digging Dog's Early August 2017 Newsletter Link
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