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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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Aruncus (Goat's Beard)
at Digging Dog
Including Aruncus ‘Horatio’, Aruncus aethusifolius, and Aruncus dioicus ‘Zweiweltenkind’
When you think of a woodland setting, think
Aruncus. With elegant, feathery ivory
plumes, Goat’s Beard is similar to and combines
well with Astilbe, although it is airier in form. A
terrific understory for tall canopies of Styrax japonicus
or Maples, it thrives in moist soil, and is a natural
beside a pool or stream. Place Aruncus where you
can view it from the south, to take advantage of its
tendency to lean toward the sun. It’s a popular cut flower.
View a slideshow of plant images from this genus
Topped by creamy white plumes of minute star-like flowers, fine ultra-chiseled foliage and red-tinged stems shape a tidy dwarf habit that works well as a ground cover around flat stones and rocks. This small gem can also be tucked into the front of the border with broad-leafed Epimediums nearby.
Blooms late May–mid-June.
Size: 8" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Aruncus aethusifolius (P-0995)
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Shorter and sturdier than the species, this
German hybrid does well in windy areas. Dispelling all
images of a stocky work plant, its name means “child of two worlds,” and it is indeed otherworldly.
Size: 2-1/2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Aruncus dioicus ‘Zweiweltenkind’ (P-0021)
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AVAILABLE SPRING 2016
Steeped in elegance, yet remarkably steadfast, this exquisite perennial was bred by noted German nurseryman, Ernest Pagels. ‘Horatio’ is a meticulously crafted cross between Aruncus aethusifolius and Aruncus dioicus, prized for its unique sparkling plumes of tiny cream-colored blooms, which splay out in a horizontal fashion from bronze-tinted upright stems. Fresh green fernlike foliage forms a bushy base beneath the airy star-shaped flowers.
Size: 3'–3-1/2' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.
Aruncus ‘Horatio’ (P-1690)
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Current Staff’s Favorite Plant
Our favorite plant this week: We love Viola ‘Rebecca’ for it's sweet, delectable scent and tidy compact clumps of dapper evergreen foliage. All are equally captivating, though no two are alike, each ebullient white flower showcases a creamy lemon flushed center and irregularly patterned, deep violet edges. This sweet smelling Viola should be ensconced near a well-traveled path or seating area, where its plentiful color flecked flowers can be easily relished ‘till the first hard frost.
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“I found Digging Dog in a gardening magazine and am so thrilled I did. I went to their website after reading about them and was so impressed I immediately placed an order ( after checking with Garden Watchdog of course !) My plants were delayed 3 weeks due to the hot weather. Each Monday someone from Digging Dog called, explained the situation and explained the delay. What service!! My plants arrived today happy healthy and good size. I could not be happier and will shop Digging Dog much in the future.”
~F.L. in New Hampshire
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