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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
Libertia (New Zealand Iris)
at Digging Dog
Including Libertia ixioides ‘Taupo Sunset’, and Libertia ixioides ‘Goldfinger’
New Zealand Iris
Named for its colorful sword-like blades and for
Marie Libert, a Belgian botanist who wrote about
liverworts, this captivating New Zealand native belongs
to the Iris family. Libertias prefer well-drained,
somewhat moist soil and light shade in hot locales.
Naturally Native New Zealand Plants, a nursery from down-under, selected ‘Goldfinger’ for its bright foliar hues and tidy compact stance. Sparking gold and burnt orange central streaks, the narrow finger-like olive green leaves reach up and out from a low warm-colored evergreen clump, while starry bright white flowers and large yellow berries furnish additional appeal. Second-to-none for containers or tight spots, this lively Libertia can be planted near mates such as Sedum ‘Matrona’ and Bouteloua ‘Blonde Ambition’. (PP#18,228)
Size: 18" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 7.
Libertia ixioides ‘Goldfinger’ (P-1939)
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This captivating New Zealand native, named for its colorful blades and for Marie Libert, a Belgian botanist who wrote about liverworts, belongs to the Iris family.
Offering year-round allure, compact upright clumps sculpt narrow fans of stiff leathery blades, each uniquely painted in green, yellow, orange, purplish red and bronze-hued stripes. Openly branched stems feature white 3-petaled flowers shaped like saucers that sparkle in spring and manifest intriguing orange seedpods in autumn; dark red shades invigorate the leaves during the winter months.
‘Taupo Sunset’ prefers somewhat moist, but well-drained soil and can grace a pool side, mixed border or a container with broad-leafed companions nearby.
Blooms June – August.
Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 7.
Libertia ixioides ‘Taupo Sunset’ (P-1705)
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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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