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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
Summer Hours :
Monday: by appointment;
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Aruncus (Goat's Beard)
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Including Aruncus ‘Horatio’, and Aruncus aethusifolius
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.
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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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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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Digging Dog's Fall Sale
Dog-Gone Super Online Fall Plant Sale
Enjoy a special savings and get a jumpstart on your fall planting! Order a minimum of $85.00 in plants, and receive a 15% discount. Our online sale lasts for 2 weeks only, beginning September 26 and ending on October 11. Mention code "Fall 2015!" to receive the discount. All orders must be shipped by October 13. All ordered items must be in-stock. If you’re not quite ready to plant or wish to receive your plants at a later date, you can order a Gift Certificate that’s worth $100.00 for only $85.00!
Digging Dog Nursery's Fall 2015 Newsletter
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Fall Dog-Gone Super Plant Sale - October 9, 10 & 11
Discover an abundance of easy-to-grow plants, including many rate beauties and water-wise toughies, at a savings!
Stroll our delightful display plantings
Saturday: light refreshments & guided tour at 2pm
October 9, 10 & 11
10am - 5pm
Current Staff’s Favorite Plant
Our favorite plant this week: We love Astrantia major 'Lars' for it's ornate, richly colored blooms, that look great in an arrangement, either fresh or dried. Celebrating bright and cheerful colors, crowns of maroon bracts deliver gorgeous cherry red floral mounds with lighter pink centers. ‘Lars’s blooms loll high above broad deep green lobed leaves on slender stems. This energetic Danish cultivar looks a bit like an overly exuberant Italian Flat Parsley and makes an unparalleled up-front cottage-style filler that is easy to care for.
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