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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
Athyrium (Lady Fern)
at Digging Dog
Including Athyrium ‘Ghost’, and Athyrium niponicum var. pictum
Our highly ornamental offerings fashion distinctive fronds sprouting from a deciduous clump that relishes shady damp recesses. Old leaves can be left standing throughout the winter and cut back in the spring, just after the new ones burst forth.
We applaud the New England Wildflower Society for discovering this fantastic sturdy form of the native Lady Fern, which roams the eastern and central areas of our country. Forging an elegant vase shape, uniquely colored red-violet stems are hard to miss and look especially vibrant against artful light green, lacy foliage. The dense deciduous clump maintains a fresh appearance as new delicate-looking leaves unfurl throughout the growing season. Unfazed by deer, rabbits and poor clay soil, easily maintained ‘Lady in Red’ spreads gradually and lends bold colorful accents to perennial plantings or woodland gardens.
Size: 18"–3' 0" high x 18"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.
Athyrium filix-femina ‘Lady in Red’ (F-0022)
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Ghost Lady Fern
This hauntingly beautiful hybrid inherits stellar attributes from each parent, A. niponicum var. pictum and A. filix-femina, thanks to the breeding efforts
of Virginia’s Nancy Swell. Strutting a straight-up formal stance, delicate-looking silver-laced new fronds continue to unfurl throughout the season alongside mature leaves that present soft pewter hues, celadon greens and burgundy accents. Easily grown 'Ghost' illuminates woodland shadows with subtle lacy shimmers and a reliable sturdiness.
Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 18"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.
Athyrium ‘Ghost’ (F-0023)
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Japanese Painted Fern
In stunning painterly strokes, olive-greens, blues and metallic silvers are splashed across the elegant tapered fronds. garnet-colored midribs etch a fervid counterpoint. Renown for its unwavering hardiness, the ever popular japanese painted fern slowly spreads to form a low growing, textural clump that gracefully weeps, softening the edges along paths, containers or the rockery and electrifying the shadows with Carex ‘Island Brocade’, Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ and Pulmonaria longifolia ssp. cevennensis.
Tolerant of some drought once established, this refined deciduous fern fancies shade, moisture and well draining, humus-rich soil.
Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide. Zone 3/4.
Athyrium niponicum var. pictum (F-0001)
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Current Staff's Favorite Plant
The plants featured in our vignette: Gaura lindheimeri 'Pink Cloud', Crocosmia 'Harlequin', Pennisetum orientale 'Tall Tails'
Splendid September Plants, Winsome vignettes for sunny or shady garden nooks, September Splendor Sale!
Meld intriguing texture and lively colors for a splendid September display.
As Summer draws to a close....
September is a transitory month in the garden. As summer’s end approaches, the shadows are growing longer and the days are becoming shorter. This time of year may find some landscapes a tad lackluster. When designing your garden, you may wish to include plants that remain perky thoughout the season or experience their heyday now. The plants featured in this newsletter provide a lot of late season oomph and promise to beckon you down the pathways of your garden.
Our next guided Saturday Stroll is September 16th., followed by October 7th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer. Digging Dog's Early September 2017 Newsletter Link
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