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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 Angelica archangelica, and Angelica pachycarpa
Long known as an important herbaceous healer,
Angelica dignifies the border with its strongly
sculptural presence. Many members of this genus
are three-year biennials, and in the first year, a mass
of coarse leaves provide lush infill, which softens
the spires of spiky perennials. In the second year,
strong stalks host bold umbels that command attention
in the garden or in an arrangement. If you cut the blooms before the seed sets, you might be rewarded with flowers for three or even four years. Angelica thrives in a moist, well drained spot.
The floriferous namesake of St. Michael the Archangel, who is supposed to have revealed its power to battle the plague, Angelica archangelica’s
luxuriant, tropical-looking foliage makes a dramatic
entrance each spring as leaves unfurl to a length of 2 to 3
ft. Flower buds of mauve, strikingly set against its deeply divided bright green verdure, herald the imposing lime-tinted white flowers surmounting thick, erect stalks. This Angelica’s aromatic young shoots have long been used as a flavoring in sweet confections.
Size: 5' 0" high x 4' 0"–5' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.
Angelica archangelica (P-0827)
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Painted in bold tones of deep plum, the round buds open into extraordinary domed flowers that reach an astonishing 8 in. across and, set against burly, freely branching burgundy stems and vigorous green foliage, have a dark allure. Give this
Korean native plenty of room as it rockets skyward.
Penstemon ‘Raven’ provides an echo
of bloom color while delivering vertical contrast.
Size: 4' 0"–5' 0" high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Angelica gigas (P-0828)
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The sizable rounded mound of this Angelica‘s lustrous dark green foliage looks like a parsley plant on steroids. Endemic to New Zealand, its copious deeply fingered leaves offer handsome deer resistant support to the fanciful and fragrant snowy umbels that crown strong stalks. Growing
as an undemanding somewhat short-lived perennial, but offering up seedlings as a consolation, Angelica pachycarpa‘s bold leaves bring fantastic architecture to a good-sized con-
tainer or the border, especially when grouped with
Size: 3' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Angelica pachycarpa (P-0829)
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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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“Thank you for your continued great service and excellent plants.... all the plants arrived in perfect condition. Healthy, and ready to bloom...the primrose produced a beautiful flower, just two weeks after arrival! We have always been impressed with the careful packaging, size and hardiness of your plant stock. We ordered Alstroemeria many years ago that have flowered every year, and are more beautiful with time. Thanks again!”
~Michele in Maryland
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