Current Staff's Favorite Plant
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.
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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.
“Great catalog. Great plants that were well-packed and shipped on time. Overall, a perfect experience.”
~F.W. in Kansas
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.
Tues 10 am – 4 pm
Hardiness & Climate
Digging Dog Nursery is 3 miles from the ocean on a ridge top, bordering both Zones 15 and 17 (according to Sunset's Western Garden Book) or Zone 8 and 9 (according to the U.S.D.A. Plant Hardiness Zone Map).
We have a relatively mild climate, with the coldest temperatures generally in the low 20's and the warmer days reaching close to 80°. Occasionally we do have cold winters when temperatures dip into the low teens.
U.S.D.A. hardiness zones are indicated for each plant to suggest minimum tolerable cold. Use these only as a loose guideline, keeping in mind the varied factors which can cause a plant to be vulnerable to cold. Remember, micro climates can be created in your garden, making it easier to raise supposedly tender plants in colder zones. In some areas, a cold pocket may force the temperature lower thereby creating problems for a hardy plant.
Height & Width Estimates
The first number given represents ultimate height of the plant, including flower height above foliage. The second number is the width. Use these sizes as a reference for your garden planning and designing.
The figures are approximate and may vary according to soil fertility, exposure to sun, and other environmental conditions. The sizes we list have been observed here in our home garden, and in other Northern California sites, both coastal and inland.
Most grasses and perennials will achieve estimated proportions in 2 growing seasons, shrubs in 3-5 years. In the tree section, the growth rate, size attained in 10 years and or the tree's ultimate height has been listed.
The months stated represent the approximate flowering times for each plant. These may vary depending on your specific environmental conditions.
Digging Dog Plants
We ship well established plants which are grown in the following container sizes:
Small band: 2-½" square x 5" deep
Medium Band: 3" square x 5-½" deep - (The majority of our perennials & grasses)
Squat Band: 3-¾" square x 4-½" deep
Large Band: 4" square x 6" deep - (Most of our trees & many of our shrubs)
Quart: 5" square x 6" deep.
Occasionally, plants will be available in liners (2-¼ square x 3-¼ deep) or landscape plugs and will be discounted $1.00-$1.50 off the regular price.
Digging Dog plants are removed from their containers, and their firm intact rootballs are placed inside plastic bags prior to shipping.
When Your Order Arrives
If you're not ready to plant when the order arrives, open the box immediately and remove the plants. Place them in a shady spot, making sure they don't dry out. Newly planted selections should be protected from hot sun and drying winds, and watered adequately.