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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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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' high x 4' wide; hardy to zone 6.
Hypericum androsaemum (S-0182)
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AVAILABLE SPRING 2017
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'–4' high x 3'–4' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Hypericum frondosum ‘Sunburst’ (S-0672)
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AVAILABLE APRIL 2017
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'–3' high x 2'–3' 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' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Hypericum kouytchense (S-0417)
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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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“Surfing the web for a special plant, I chanced on Digging Dog Nursery. I thought that any nursery that could create an Egyptian Gothic out of Anubis must have some pretty cool things going for it. I was right, and my first order was a pleasure. Well packed, healthy plants and extremely appealing people on the other side of the screen.”
~Sam in Oregon
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