at Digging Dog
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.
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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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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