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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
Hypericum (St. John´s Wort)
at Digging Dog
Including Hypericum androsaemum, Hypericum frondosum ‘Sunburst’, Hypericum kalmianum ‘Gemo’, and Hypericum kouytchense
St. John´s Wort
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Native to western Europe and North Africa, this handsome species’ common name comes from toute-saine (heal-all) and refers to the many healing properties the plant was once supposed to possess. Interesting throughout the year, Tutsan is a cure-all for lightly shaded garden areas that need some brightening up. The wine-infused stems and deep green foliage contrast beautifully with cheerful golden yellow flowers in summer, and later with glossy red berries, which eventually turn black. The weight of the fruit causes the branches to arch, giving the plant a relaxed look and making it perfect for shrubby borders.
Tutsan also does well in the sun, planted with Lavenders. In late summer, its colors make a striking combination with Nepeta ‘Wild Cat’ and Buddleja ‘Ellen’s Blue’.
Blooms June–early August.
Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.
Hypericum androsaemum (S-0182)
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In an ebullient “sunburst,” large 3 in. wide yellow petals cushion a spry central cluster of stamens that look like orange powder puffs. Dense stout branches plus oblong curvy leaves with soothing glaucous blue hues shape a compact round mound, revealing narrow reddish brown seed capsules through autumn and exfoliating purplish brown bark for winter appeal. Indigenous to our South-eastern limestone glades, this tailored semievergreen Hypericum can be massed or sited singularly in the mixed border where it triumphs over dry compacted soil and clay.
Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 3' 0"–4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Hypericum frondosum ‘Sunburst’ (S-0672)
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Selected from our native American species, this exciting
relatively new Danish cultivar premiers droves of small
yet radiant yellow blooms with dense showy stamens,
resembling miniature golden starbursts. Handsome
bright green willow-shaped foliage and close-knit
branches craft a neat bushy shrub that can be utilized
as a low informal hedge or a stylish mounding ground
cover. Small growing, sturdy and reliable, 'Gemo' delivers
ample doses of flowery good cheer
for months at a time followed by decorative
pointed seed pods for added
intrigue, while Geranium 'Walküre'
and Aster divaricatus make worthy
Blooms June – September.
Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Hypericum kalmianum ‘Gemo’ (S-0775)
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This truly elegant Hypericum is covered with an abundance of large, bright yellow, pointed buds, followed by golden yellow flowers whose prominent long stamens seem to sparkle. Against a background of smooth blue-hued leaves, the bright red berries and starlike calyxes make a colorful late season
display. Though deciduous elsewhere, along our coast the aromatic leaves fill the garden with their scent
all year round.
Size: 3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Hypericum kouytchense (S-0417)
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Current Staff's Favorite Plant
Our fall arrangement includes: Asters
I wanted this arrangement to celebrate the diverse beauty that autumn affords. It was photographed by acclaimed garden photographer, Saxon Holt, who happened to be visiting us.
Autumnal Fanfare: Lambent Leaves, Glistening Berries, Fleeting Flowers, last chance for Fantastic Fall Sale, Gift Certificates now on sale!
Here at Digging Dog, we’ve had some welcome rain to actually soak the soil. With the onset of shorter days and chilly nights, a quieter contemplative mood envelopes parts of the garden. As many herbaceous plants are fading into dormancy, evergreen shrubs, bold-toned leaves, textural seed-heads plus plump glistening berries take center stage. The impressive group of plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye when I strolled through the nursery and garden yesterday. I hope you enjoy these compelling autumnal offerings. In many locales throughout the country, there’s still time to tuck some botanical gems into an empty garden nook.
Digging Dog's Early November 2017 Newsletter Link
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