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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 Bouteloua curtipendula, Bouteloua gracilis, and Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’
For its distinctive inflorescences, colorful fall foliage and phenomenal drought tolerance, this Midwestern denizen reigns supreme. Purplish oatlike spikelets, uniformly draped along one side of the upright or arching stalks, eventually blanch to a straw hue. Enduring a wide range of soils and difficult sites, Side Oats Grama forms erect, wiry light green clumps that broadcast violet, orange and red autumnal shades.
Planted in drifts, meandering amid other medium statured grasses and smaller perennials, a dramatic statement is yours to enjoy, while the birds and butterflies feast on the fodder.
Blooms June – November.
Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 3.
Bouteloua curtipendula (G-0513)
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We wish more plants were like this one! This North American native is tough, drought tolerant, and adds delicacy and movement wherever it’s placed. Slightly iridescent, Mosquito Grass offers tiny seed heads borne atop thin, wiry stems. Resembling aerial minnows, the inflorescences dart above 1 ft. clumps of dense, narrow blades. Plant them next to a garden seat or steps where they can be enjoyed at close range.
Size: 18" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 4.
Bouteloua gracilis (G-0002)
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Blue Gamma Grass
Taller and more energetic than the species, 'Blonde
Ambition's dense finely hewn tufts provide a blue-green
foil for cut-flower-perfect inflorescences, which grow at
90° angles and summon our attention well into winter.
The large chartreuse seed heads broadcast eye-catching
platinum blonde shades once they mature, waving like
splendid flags atop stiff 2 ½ ft. slender stalks. Discovered
by David Salmon of High Country Gardens as a chance
sport in a Santa Fe, New Mexico garden, this tough
heady grass struts golden brown, orange and red foliar
autumn colors and shimmers when interwoven with
Sesleria and flanked by Hydrangea paniculata 'Mega Mindy'. (pp#22,048)
Size: 2-1/2'–3' 0" high x 2-1/2'–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.
Bouteloua gracilis ‘Blonde Ambition’ (G-0538)
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AVAILABLE MID SEPTEMBER 2017
Originally selected by the USDA for its mighty drought abiding persona, this small statured narrow bladed grass was collected in 1957 on the semi-arid plains south of Hachita, New Mexico. The alluring presentation of delicate reddish purple inflorescences morphs into glittery eyelash-
shaped seed heads above a trim close-knit grayish
green clump and belies
to both birds and floral
arrangers, Blue Gamma Grass resents poorly drained wet locales, tackles Black Walnut roots, shallow rocky soil, air pollution plus erosion, and can be nestled into the rockery,
a more wild venue or
employed as a mowable lawn substitute.
Size: 12"–20" high x 8"–12" wide; hardy to zone 3.
Bouteloua gracilis ‘Hachita’ (G-0553)
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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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