at Digging Dog
A botanical "Renaissance
Man", Actaea is at home in an informal garden, a refined border or in an arrangement for opening night at the Met. Their ambrosial perfume floats through the air as they brighten their surroundings. Actaea is happiest in moist, humus-enriched soil and bright shade; otherwise it´s carefree and low maintenance.
An 1805 discovery by German-born Frederick Pursh
in the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia and North
Carolina, this superb hard-to-find American native
sprouts broad ample-sized foliage, distinctive for its
handsome Maple-like appearance. Straight emerald-hued
steadfast stems, bearing fragrant creamy white
floral candles, tower above a leafy verdant clump.
Appalachian Bugbane can be ensconced near Athyrium
'Ghost', where it vows luminous late season accents,
deer resistance and easy care.
Size: 4'–4-1/2' high x 2'–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.
Actaea cordifolia (P-1828)
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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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