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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
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Including Potentilla atrosanguinea, Potentilla fruticosa, Potentilla nepalensis, Potentilla thurberi, and Potentilla x tonguei
Said to be useful in medicine and magic at least since
the time of Hippocrates, the sun-loving Cinquefoil
likes well drained soil and partial shade in hotter
climates, obliges both cold and drought, and can be
nestled into the rockery or atop a garden wall alongside
Campanulas or Stachys.
Resplendent double layers of ruffled deep red petals showcase irregular yellow splashed margins on slender stems above a tidy trailing herbaceous foundation. Maintaining their rich coloration, the saucy long blooming flowers are loosely clustered and tempered by palmate strawberry-style deep green leaves that spill over walls, down steps or edge a border.
Size: 12"–15" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Potentilla ‘Arc En Ciel’ (P-1893)
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Hailing from the lower slopes of the Himalayas, this strong perennial is named for its vibrant saucer-shaped blood red flowers borne on widely branching leafy stems. The neatly toothed long-petioled silver-gray foliage sports silky hairs on the upper surface and a white tomentose below. Well-suited for a front or midborder location, Potentilla atrosanguinea’s good-looking bearing performs best in cool summer areas and tolerates dry conditions once established.
Size: 18"–2' 0" high x 12"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Potentilla atrosanguinea (P-0120)
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While the somewhat sprawling species traipses throughout
Nepal's Himalayan Mountains, this vivacious
nonshrubby cultivar makes a compact well-groomed
perennial for your garden. A handsome low mound of
hairy coarse-toothed strawberry-like foliage presents
1 in. wide rosy carmine flowers, each defined by a dark
crimson eye and 5 heart-shaped lipstick-pretty petals on
wiry branched stems. Venerating a former plant curator
at the Royal Botanic Garden in Scotland, 'Ron McBeath'
makes a flashy long blooming mate for Knautia 'Mars
Midget' and Geranium sanguineum 'Album'.
Size: 8"–12" high x 15"–2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Potentilla nepalensis ‘Ron Mcbeath’ (P-1814)
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Don’t be surprised if you too fall under the spell of this undemanding, hearty perennial named for its sumptuously colored flowers and powerful presence. Lobed, strawberry-like, dark green foliage shapes a tidy clump beneath deep raspberry-red blooms with rich-as-velvet, ruby-black centers and bright white stamens.
Said to be useful in medicine and magic, the sun-loving Cinquefoil likes well drained soil and partial shade in hotter climates, obliges both cold and drought, and can be nestled into the rockery or atop a garden wall alongside Erysimum ‘Wenlock Beauty’.
Size: 18" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Potentilla thurberi ‘Monarch’s Velvet’ (P-1396)
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Dramatically etched by deep red eyes, soft apricot-colored flowers roost above wide trailing clumps of lobed evergreen foliage. This long blooming charmer stays low to the ground as it scrambles between steps, spills over a border’s edge or cavorts with Helianthemum ‘St. Mary’s.
Blooms June – September.
Size: 6" high x 12"–15" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Potentilla x tonguei (P-1581)
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Delicate parchment-like 5-petaled flowers awash in hushed apricot pink hues and dainty thickset dark green leaves set this compact easily grown shrub apart. Promoting fine textured appeal, an attractive flood of small narrowly divided foliage garbs the versatile twiggy visage that makes an excellent hardy choice for low hedges, foundations or mixed borders. ‘Apricot Whisper’ can handle poor, sandy or gravel-strewn soil, but dislikes hot humid areas, and appreciates a midsummer trimming.
Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 3.
Potentilla fruticosa ‘Apricot Whisper’ (S-0763)
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AVAILABLE JULY 2017
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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