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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 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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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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