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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 Spiraea japonica ‘Bullata’, Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’, and Spiraea x vanhouttei
With attractive foliage and a graceful habit, these hardy, deciduous flowering shrubs belong to the Rose family, and are easily grown in any fertile, somewhat moisture-retentive garden soil.
Unique among other Spireas for its small oval Birch-like leaves, ‘Tor’s tightset orderly mounds make a reflective deep green foil for clustered purplish buds and a profusion of sprightly snow white blooms that charm butterflies. Autumn brings additional enticements when the refined foliage premieres orange, red and purple colors.
Employed as a mixed border or rockery specimen, or planted en masse along pathways and foundations, this compact deciduous shrub fancies sunshine and periodic pruning. It combines well with silver dappled Pulmonarias or Carex testacea, which provide compelling foliar contrast.
Blooms May – June.
Size: 2' 0"–3' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide. Zone 3/4.
Spiraea betulifolia ‘Tor’ (S-0753)
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An unsung heirloom hero that dates back to 1881, this diminutive darling deserves more attention. Close-knit twiggy growth clad in tiny crinkled dark green deciduous leaves sculpts a compact, yet broad tailored foundation with big clusters of lipstick pretty, deep rosy crimson flowers. Undemanding ‘Bullata’ is custom-made for patio containers, a rock garden or the front lines, either in a border or along a path.
Size: 16"–2' 0" high x 20"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.
Spiraea japonica ‘Bullata’ (S-0817)
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Among the first shrubs to bloom, ‘Ogon’s pretty white five-petaled flowers are arranged in abundant clusters along its wiry bare branches. Later, small and slender Willow-like foliage attires the numerous dark twigs. Illuminated in golden shades, this fine textured Japanese selection conveys a bright, wispy visage in the midst of blue flowering Geranium ‘Nimbus’, Berberis ‘Golden Ring’ and Euphorbias.
Size: 4' 0" high x 4' 0" wide; hardy to zone 5.
Spiraea thunbergii ‘Ogon’ (S-0572)
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This well-loved sturdy shrub has been delivering reliable spring flowers since 1868, when it was first introduced by the French shrub enthusiast and nurserymen Joseph Billard. Dense clustered umbels of tiny white blooms fashion a scintillating mantle that nearly conceals the copious gracefully arching branches. Spiraea x vanhouttei’s shapely medium-sized habit hosts small rhomboid-shaped green deciduous leaves with coarsely serrated margins and yellow or violet autumn hues. A cross between S. trilobata and S. cantoniensis, Bridalwreath makes an ideal low-maintenance addition to foundation plantings as well as sunny woodland margins and mixed borders, where it can be grouped or planted as a prominent specimen amid perennials and grasses.
Size: 5' 0"–8' 0" high x 5' 0"–8' 0" wide. Zone 3/4.
Spiraea x vanhouttei (S-0794)
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Sterling Spring blooming shrubs, plus head-turning Perennials.
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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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