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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: Selinum wallichianum
Ornamental Grasses: Autumnal Garden Stars, Plant for Outstanding October Oomph!
Celebrated headliners of the late show!
Offering superb versatility, ornamental grasses become poetry in motion on gusty days. They are best situated so their fluid shimmering inflorescences, bathed in amber, sable or smoky rose and purple shades, are backlit and set aglow by the afternoon sunlight. Most look fantastic in fresh or dried arrangements, while others produce welcome seed heads that birds adore. Be sure to browse our online selections of ornamental grasses.
Plant for Outstanding October Oomph!
You may wish to include one or more of these easily grown herbaceous perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs or trees that wield plenty of October flair.Digging Dog's Mid October 2017 Newsletter Link
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