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Blue Diamond Impatiens
photo: Egil J. Skarning via wikipedia.org
From a genus comprised of hundreds of species, the following
easily grown shade lovers offer both foliar and floral
interest. Impatiens omeiana is surprisingly hardy, while
the other selections are quite tender; all look compelling
in either a pot or a garden bed.
Hailing from the world’s deepest canyon in the remote
Himalayan shadows of Mt. Namcha-Barwa, this wondrous
2003 discovery introduces perhaps the bluest
flowering perennial Impatiens to date. Hallmarked by
yellow-etched white throats and bright ultramarine or
vivid blue-violet flared petals, whose colors vacillate
with exposure, the extraordinary bountiful blooms
appear nearly year round, conjuring images of exotic
flying birds amid shiny serrated green leaves. Highly
coveted, hard-to-find and perfect for containers, inside
or out, Blue Diamond is a frost sensitive temptress that
can be grown as a self-sowing annual in cold climates
and as a perennial in milder areas, where it adores cool
summers, even moisture and filtered light, and abhors
hot sun and frosty nights.
Size: 18" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 10.
Impatiens namchabarwensis (P-1807)
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Current Staff's Favorite Plant
Sterling Spring blooming shrubs, plus head-turning Perennials.
Here’s the tall and short of it…
Sterling spring blooming shrubs, all dressed in classy green leaves and crisp white flowers.
Viburnum plicatum ‘Summer Snowflake’ is the largest of our featured shrubs, fashioning graceful somewhat horizontal branches adorned with snowy lace caps. Cultivated since 1868, well-loved Spiraea x vanhouttei makes a shapely low maintenance addition to sunny mixed borders, while smaller-statured Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko' offers a galaxy of dainty white blooms perfect for the rockery, nestled along steps or in a container.
Head turning Perennials
Nearly 65” of rain coupled with chilly spring days spawned a remarkable surge of lush foliar growth, plus spectacular long-lasting flowers in our nursery & garden this year.
Spring is always such an exciting time as we watch the multitude of leaves, buds and blooms that seemingly unfurl over night plus the numerous new shoots stretching skyward. Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’s delicate golden foliage glows in dappled shady niches, while the dark leaves of Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’, Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge's exquisite domes, and the richly colored Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’ promise to turn more than a few heads in your garden. Perhaps you could let Campanula ‘Blue Waterfall’ cascade down your garden steps, or brighten up a sunny bed with Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’. We hope you’ll make room for a few of these shrubs & perennials.
Our extensive display borders which surround the nursery are now open through Colombus Day weekend.
Our first guided Saturday Stroll is June 24th., followed by July 15th & 29th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer. Digging Dog's June 2017 Newsletter Link
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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