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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 Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’, and Salix purpurea ‘Nana’
This diverse genus includes 300 deciduous species that are a breeze to grow in just about any garden soil. Our selections emphasize intriguing stems, foliage and silhouettes.
Young bright pink shoots and slender creamy white dappled green leaves eagerly push upwards, forging a dramatic counterpoint to cream-streaked grayish green mature foliage. Interest persists as the year progresses: yellow foliar color heralds autumn, new polished bright red stems relieve a somber winter day and early spring brings pendant yellow catkins. ‘Hakuro Nishiki‘s graceful arching attributes deserve the spotlight a dark background affords. More acquiescent of slightly drier sites than most Salix, Dappled Japanese Willow thrives in moderately moist soil and appreciates a late winter or early spring pruning to ensure its stylish deciduous display.
Size: 5' 0" high x 3' 0"–4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Salix integra ‘Hakuro Nishiki’ (S-0451)
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Dwarf Purple Osier
Handsome, thin bluish green leaves, showy light-colored catkins and supple slim purple stems, which are perfect for basket making, characterize this fast growing versatile Willow. Responsive to shearing, ‘Nana’s easily cultivated compact habit can be sculpted into a colorful topiary, refined-looking hedge or an artful bonsai specimen. In addition to its urbane ornamental merits, Dwarf Purple Osier furnishes nesting sites for small birds, attracts butterflies, aids erosion control and tackles moderate drought along with difficult low soggy sites.
Size: 3' 0"–5' 0" high x 3' 0"–5' 0" wide; hardy to zone 4.
Salix purpurea ‘Nana’ (S-0816)
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Boyd’s Creeping Willow
An alluring specimen for bonsai, rock garden and container enthusiasts, this petite ground-hugger greets spring with adorable fluffy cream-colored catkins on slender naked branches. The slim prostrate twigs and branchlets divide into thinner curved reddish stems, weaving a unique pendent drape of tiny gray-green deciduous leaves sporting silvered undersides. Full sun ensures optimum growth.
Size: 10' 0" high x 3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Salix repens ‘Boyd’s Pendula’ (S-0765)
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Current Staff's Favorite Plant
Our fall arrangement includes: Asters
I wanted this arrangement to celebrate the diverse beauty that autumn affords. It was photographed by acclaimed garden photographer, Saxon Holt, who happened to be visiting us.
Autumnal Fanfare: Lambent Leaves, Glistening Berries, Fleeting Flowers, last chance for Fantastic Fall Sale, Gift Certificates now on sale!
Here at Digging Dog, we’ve had some welcome rain to actually soak the soil. With the onset of shorter days and chilly nights, a quieter contemplative mood envelopes parts of the garden. As many herbaceous plants are fading into dormancy, evergreen shrubs, bold-toned leaves, textural seed-heads plus plump glistening berries take center stage. The impressive group of plants featured in this newsletter caught my eye when I strolled through the nursery and garden yesterday. I hope you enjoy these compelling autumnal offerings. In many locales throughout the country, there’s still time to tuck some botanical gems into an empty garden nook.
Digging Dog's Early November 2017 Newsletter Link
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