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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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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' 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' high x 2'–3' wide. Zone 7/8.
Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ (P-1790)
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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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