We never tire of Aster’s cheerful daisy
faces and the profusion of colors and sizes that make
up this genus, from 6 ft. giants to tiny dwarf
alpines. Our Asters, large and small, are tried and true
performers in ordinary garden soil and full sun.
Generally late summer bloomers, they provide lots
of oomph when other perennials have petered out.
Our anticipation soars as we wait for round buds to finally unfurl a galaxy of small starry blooms twinkling in rose-tinged lilac shades. Beneath the profuse late season display, tiny green leaves stay fresh for months, garnishing stiff branching stems, which angle out and form a well-mannered mound. Illuminated by citron-yellow centers with red streaks, the dainty daisies easily gratify companions like Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’ or Origanum ‘Bristol Cross’.
Size: 2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Glorious Gardens and Bluegrass - A Benefit for The Mendocino Music Festival
A Perfect Autumn Afternoon
October 23, 2016, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
A performance by bluegrass and Americana icon Laurie Lewis with long-time collaborators Tom Rozum, Nina Gerber and Max Schwartz forms the centerpiece of a perfect autumn afternoon of festive food, locally-produced ciders, and fine local wines, presented in the stunning Albion home and noted private gardens of Deborah Whigham and Gary Ratway of Digging Dog Nursery.Edible entertainment by Assagiare Mendocino
Cider (hard and soft) by The Apple Farm in Philo
Wines by Greenwood Ridge Vineyards
Music by Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum, Nina Gerber and Max Schwartz
Garden tours with Gary Ratway.
$125.00 Per Person
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Digging Dog Nursery's borders recently featured in the new Garden Conservancy's book
We are proud to announce that we are among "50 of America's most beautiful gardens" in the Garden Conservancy's new book "Outstanding American Gardens"
Current Staff’s Favorite Plant
Our favorite plant this week: We love Tricyrtis 'Empress' for its unique, late blooming flowers. Renowned for its extra large and wider open flowers, this exquisite, newly introduced Toad Lily is a formosana hybrid. Ornate, spidery spaced petals are inscribed by occasional darkened tips and irregular velvet-rich deep purple spots, stipples and mottling on a creamy white background. An enticing fall beacon amongst the shadows, ‘Empress’s showy terminal blooms are supported by an upright robust gathering of lustrous, semi-clasping dark green foliage that stays dapper all season.
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