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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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Including Festuca amethystina ‘Superba’, Festuca californica ‘Phil’s Silver’, and Festuca mairei
Originating from the Latin word for stalk or stem, the genus Festuca is comprised of approximately 300 cool season perennial species. The following native Californian selections highlight handsome, fine textured tufts, which appreciate a well drained site, annual early spring trimmings and a division every couple of years, while sulking in hot humid weather.
A denizen of central Europe, this ultra fine textured grass is practically peerless among Festucas. Soft silver blue blades with rolled edges configure a well-groomed glaucous mound. Extending above evergreen clumping foliage, quantities of relaxed slender stems generate vivid heliotrope shades paired with amber-hued flower spikes for more than a month. ‘Superba’ can serve as a dynamic small-scale specimen sprinkled above a stone wall or throughout the rockery, where its stunning color always beckons.
Blooms mid-May to mid-July.
Size: 18"–2' high x 2'–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.
Festuca amethystina ‘Superba’ (G-0527)
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A standout for its stiff silvery blades, this robust, cool season grass originated from seed that Cal Flora Nursery owner, Phil Van Soelen, collected near California’s Sonoma coast.
Anchored by burgundy sheaves, glaucous gray-green leaves become more lustrous as the weather warms, but remain evergreen in milder climates. Unfurling in airy, yet showy abundance, the graceful greenish panicles mature to a cozy golden hue some 2 or 3 ft. above a fairly compact, dense basal tuft of handsome long-lived foliage.
Resplendent massed with shrubs such as Ceanothus, Cistus or Ribes, ‘Phil’s Silver’ prefers good drainage, minimal to moderate summer water, and obliges an array of situations, such as coastal hillsides, wind, and drought in cooler areas.
Size: 3' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 7.
Festuca californica ‘Phil’s Silver’ (G-0462)
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AVAILABLE SPRING 2017
Not only beautifully blue, but hard-working to boot, this water wise perennial grass is a California native from Del Norte County. A thick, tidy hummock of very thin, chalk blue blades sends up slender, wandlike stems holding graceful, airy golden sprays.
Hallmarked by a composed appearance, ‘Stony Creek’ is most impressive and enduring in large drifts on banks or hillsides, where it aids erosion control, resists those pesky deer, doesn’t falter in full sun even inland, and prefers some afternoon shade.
Size: 2'–2-1/2' high x 2' wide. Zone 7/8.
Festuca idahoensis ‘Stony Creek’ (G-0488)
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Indigenous to Morocco's Atlas Mountains, this long
lived cold hardy grass sprouts a gracefully arching
fountain distinguished by handsome khaki-tinged
gray-green blades. Taller than most Festucas, Atlas
has quickly earned the reputation as one of the finest
large area ground covers, proving indispensable for
mass plantings on slopes, in mixed borders or natural
style meadows. Evergreen where winters are mild and
remarkably drought tolerant, its reliable good looking
mound relishes occasional waterings and doesn't
require a trim, only a little raking.
Size: 2'–3' high x 2'–3' wide; hardy to zone 4.
Festuca mairei (G-0541)
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Current Staff’s Favorite Plant
Dainty blooms and unfurling leaves forge an early spring treasure trove of color and texture.
In the last ten days, we’ve experienced all kinds of weather at Digging Dog, including frosty mornings, torrential downpours, deafening hail, glorious sunny 70 º afternoons and even sleet! Thankfully spring is almost here and signs of its arrival grow more evident every day. Brimming with possibility, youthful growth and pristine delicacy, the early spring garden is a fresh treasure trove of color and texture. The plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye while walking through the nursery and along the surrounding borders. Hopefully, a handful of them will spark your interest as well! All of us here at the nursery wish you a very happy spring and countless happy afternoons digging in a garden! Digging Dog's mid March 2017 Newsletter Link
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