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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
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Including Andropogon gerardii, and Andropogon gerardii ‘Lord Snowden's Big Blue’
This large cosmopolitan genus gleans its name from the Greek word pogon, or beard, alluding to the lustrous hairs that blanket the inflorescences. Closely associated with Schizachyrium, 13 clump-forming warm season Andropogon hail from North America. Many of the garden-worthy Beardgrass are often drought tolerant, and generally characterized by attractive, easily grown sturdy demeanors, late summer blooms plus prismatic autumn color.
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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Spotted near Crowley, Texas by John Snowden, acclaimed grass expert and Bluestem Nursery founder, this American native’s unwavering
fortitude belies its graceful lush-looking silhouette. Thick, straight bluish mauve-hued stalks supporting slim, 3-pronged rubescent inflorescences emerge from large, upright ¼ in. wide powder-blue blades, which broadcast reddish purple, dusky pink, tangerine and copper tones in September. An undemanding color-rich candidate for dry sunny locales, ‘Lord Snowden’ can be massed
or planted as a specimen, and associated with Astrantia ‘White Giant’ and Gaura ‘So White’.
Size: 5' 0"–7' 0" high x 4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.
Andropogon gerardii ‘Lord Snowden's Big Blue’ (G-0569)
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AVAILABLE SPRING 2018
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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Garden Conservancy Open Day at Digging Dog!
Saturday, June 23 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Digging Deeper Ė
1 pm - Enjoy a guided tour of the Private Gardens of Deborah Whigham and Gary Ratway, adjacent to Digging Dog Nursery in Albion, CA; free with $7.00 garden admission.
3 pm - Join Patricia Smyth, owner of Essence of the Tree, for a Japanese maple container demonstration.
Tickets are available via this link
or at Digging Dog Nursery. Plant shopping welcome!
Mendocino Art Center (MAC) Garden Tour!
Saturday, June 30 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
We welcome you to join us in support of The Mendocino Art Center for this fabulous garden tour and fundraiser.
Tickets are available through the MACís website.
Saturday Strolls & Plant Chats 2018!
Saturdays at 2 p.m. July 14th and 28th, August 18th, and September 15th.
Stroll with Horticulturalist Deborah Whigham, sip iced tea, nibble on tasty snacks & take home helpful gardening tips & tricks!
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