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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
at Digging Dog
Including Andropogon gerardii, and Andropogon gerardii ‘Red October’
Historically renowned as the sod our ancestors broke their backs busting, Big Bluestem is the most widespread of all the prairie grasses. Its regal and wild color show makes it a must in our garden. Growing to great size, the stand’s lush, blue-blushed summer greenery becomes a burgundy and
copper glory at first frost. Soaring three-pronged red seed heads beg its other common name, Turkeyfoot.
Reliable, heat tolerant and sturdy, Andropogon gerardii thrives in poorly drained clay to dry sandy soils, and easily transitions the outskirts of your garden into the wild meadow beyond.
Blooms late August–October.
Size: 5' 0"–8' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.
Andropogon gerardii (G-0448)
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This recent Intrinsic Perennial Garden introduction is
quickly earning kudos for its spectacular shades of red
and long-lived amenable character. August brings rich
cardinal red accents to lush dark green blades that define
a substantial straight-up clump, while unique threebranched
inflorescences with bright red pollen sacs sway
above. Strutting fiery scarlet-red and burgundy colors
by the first frost, aptly named 'Red October' provides
welcome cover for nesting birds and makes a galvanizing
addition to a mixed planting, meadow garden or naturalized
Blooms July – October.
Size: 5' 0"–6' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.
Andropogon gerardii ‘Red October’ (G-0539)
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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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