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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
Tuesday by appointment only
at Digging Dog
Including Scutellaria alpina ‘Moonbeam’, Scutellaria resinosa ‘Smoky Hills’, and Scutellaria suffrutescens ‘Texas Rose’
Late in the season, after the charming hooded blooms have faded, pairs of scallop-shaped, warmly colored seed capsules, resembling small inverted skullcaps, add intriguing detail to these Mint family members. Our easy-to-grow selections appreciate a sunny, quick-draining site, and happily mingle with medium-sized Euphorbias, Diascias and Nepetas.
Yellow Alpine Skullcap
The species originates in the mountains of southern Europe and Russia, and this ‘Moonbeam’s lush and low bushy mat of scalloped, ovate green-gray leaves is an excellent foil for its crowded clusters of light yellow blooms. Trailing stems turn upward and, at their tips, Snapdragon-like flowers form a four-sided raceme.
Requiring well drained soil and shade during hot afternoons, this little treasure goes well in a container, or in the rockery with Edraianthus graminifolius and Origanum libanoticum.
Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Scutellaria alpina ‘Moonbeam’ (P-1226)
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Legendary for its tenacious ability to conquer hot sunny niches, this engaging well-groomed Kansas denizen was introduced by the Nebraska Statewide Arboretum. Small oval-shaped pubescent gray-green leaves and branching upright square stems cushion a showy, long lasting display of tubular deep blue-violet flowers, each highlighted with 2 small white streaks. Relishing lean soil plus sharp drainage, ‘Smoky Hills’ is second-to-none when massed as a low mounding ground cover that readily enhances borders, meadows, the rockery and native gardens while warding off the bunnies.
Size: 6"–12" high x 10"–14" wide; hardy to zone 4.
Scutellaria resinosa ‘Smoky Hills’ (P-1402)
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For its tidy swath of dark pink infill, the masses of Snapdragon-like blooms adorning the diminutive, glossy green foliage of ‘Texas Rose’ get our vote. With a dainty, yet durable, low profile, it makes an endearing addition to the rockery, or along a pathway nestled amidst Dianthus ‘Mendlesham Maid’ and Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’.
Size: 4"–6" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 7.
Scutellaria suffrutescens ‘Texas Rose’ (P-0808)
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Current Staff's Favorite Plant
Our featured plant: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Sikes Dwarf'
Perennials that cool down a hot summer day, refreshing foliage, soothing blooms, last chance to take advantage of our summer sale!
Bring sparkling beauty to your August plantings
Perhaps you’re looking for some soothing floral or foliar accents on a hot summer day! We’ve found that snowy white, clear pink, pale yellow and deep blue blooms coupled with silver, bluish green or emerald-toned leaves become refreshing counterpoints to warmer-hued flowers. They offer a place where your eye can rest, much like cleansing your palette when tasting wine. These shades meld the spicy-colored flowers of many Achillea, Crocosmia, Dahlia, Geum, Helenium, Kniphofia, Rudbeckia and Salvia.
Our next guided Saturday Strolls is August 19th., followed by September 16th & October 7th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer. Digging Dog's Early August 2017 Newsletter Link
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