We are a small family-run business, growing high quality plants that you can count on to be healthy, vigorous and ready to plant. As landscape designers and nursery-folk, we offer a selection of tried and true garden performers, as well as many new varieties that excel for easy care, long blooming periods, year-round interest, and most of all, for versatility.
When you visit or call us, chances are you will be greeted by one or more of these friendly and conscientious folks:
- Parker : Mouse Patrol
- Caroline Bonfield: Order Processing
- Lynn Chrysler: Propagation Specialist & Shipping & Packing Manager
- Rochelle Elkan: web tester
- Kate Foster: Production & Potting Specialist, General Nursery Care & Mail Order
- Jessica Alexis Friedland: Photography
- Zak Karkruff: Mail Order Overseer, Nursery Care, Potting & Propagation Specialist
- Marie Keller: Bookkeeping & Digital Media
- Debbie Kruse: General Nursery Care & Mail Order Prepping
- Adrienne Long: Production Specialist, General Nursery Care & Mail Order
- Linda Long: General Office Assistance & Data Entry
- Michael Potts: webster
- Boobah & Teddie: Welcoming Committee, General Security & Entertainment
Welcome, Old and New Friends of Digging Dog Nursery…
Time's endless carousel of fleeting days and seasonal changes swiftly ushers another gardening year to its finale. As the landscape lies dormant beneath frost-covered mulch, dreams of warm breezes, verdant growth and fresh ideas are already germinating. Digging Dog's 2020 catalog has finally arrived, featuring an exceptional collection of 90 new plants accompanied by coveted older selections.
We welcome you to wander through our 28th edition with the hopes you'll discover offerings that sprout inspiration, brighten your mood, and cajole you into your leafy sanctuary. Distinguished by multi-seasonal appeal, exquisite beauty, acquiescent habits, or heroic temperaments, these versatile plants will flourish in a variety of environs throughout the country, and as an added bonus, many of our species sustain birds and beneficial pollinators. You'll find a handful of our must-have recommendations listed below.
To enjoy a splash of prismatic allure in a perennial planting scheme, you may wish to showcase Geranium ‘Blue Blood’, the scintillating silver-imbued leaves of Astelia ‘Silver Shadow’ as well as Sanguisorba ‘Crimson Queen’s Merlot-hued bottlebrushes. Another star not to be overlooked is Geum ‘Totally Tangerine’s debut of vivid peachy-orange blooms. Perhaps water-wise Agastache ‘Tango’ can enliven a hot sunny nook, and for moist shade-dappled abodes ensconce the exotic-looking flowers of Helleborus ‘Jade Dragon’.
Earning kudos amid the realm of ornamental grasses, there's Carex ‘Straw Hat’, waving sprightly flaxen-hued inflorescences above a fine-hewn semi-evergreen mound and the petite presence of Deschampsia ‘Pixie Fountain’, while Andropogon ‘Rain Dance’ struts spectacular reddish purple bloom spikes plus fiery scarlet and burgundy autumnal blades. A queen of refinement and a bird's delight, Sporobolus ‘Morning Mist’s innumerable red panicles sojourn above a tenacious golden-orange habit in fall.
Shrubs bridge the gap between smaller herbaceous plants and towering trees. For a celebration of phenomenal flowers consider Enkianthus ‘Showy Lantern’s pendulous red-streaked pink and cream-colored blooms along with the enormous Astilbe-style white panicles of Sorbaria ‘Sem’ and Deutzia ‘Strawberry Fields’s ultra-feminine picotee-edged rosy-magenta blossoms. You can also broadcast a bold tropical theme by spotlighting Abutilon ‘Nabob’s large forest-green leaves and marvelous dark maroon floral bells, or nestle diminutive Lavandula ‘Super Blue’ into a dry garden where space is at a premium.
Reliable legacies to the future, trees promote a gratifying stability. Carpinus cordata presents handsome heart-shaped leaves, big fruiting catkins, and uniquely fissured coal-gray bark for year-round interest. Outstanding climbers include Passiflora ‘Snow Queen’, which hosts a months-long butterfly fête of luxe, pure white flowers, and the award-winning Clematis ‘Blue Angel’, whose heavenly, pale sky-blue flowers exhibit a silky finish with ruffled margins.
An upcoming gardening season evokes excitement and anticipation, accompanied by the prospect of possibility.
How do I feel strolling through my botanical retreat?
What would I like to change?
When considering these queries, we're always buoyed by what famed Mexican architect and engineer Luis Barragán once said, “A garden must combine the poetic and mysterious with serenity and joy.”
Now that's something to strive for!
Your ongoing commerce, steadfast support, and helpful comments have enabled us to continue nurturing these wondrous plants we grow for you. We would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to you, our valued customers.
All of us plant wranglers at the nursery, along with Boobah, our wee greeter and self-appointed nursery manager, and shy kitty, Parker, wish you countless happy hours digging in a garden of your own.
Digging Dog in the News!
A prominent garden blogger, Kristin of LandFieldSky, tours the nursery and brings her camera: “Digging Dog Nursery” in Garden Lust; One designer's musings, longings, and observations about all things garden, style, plant, and good, September 24, 2011
Another photo tour by a gardener/blogger, Donna of TheRadishPatch.com: “Digging Dog Nursery – Worth a Visit!” August 5, 2013.
The nursery and surrounding gardens are featured in the eight page article: “American Dream” by Kate Frey in Gardens Illustrated (sorry, long-past issues do not appear available), July, 2009
A photo-tour of the nursery grounds by photographer Karl Gercens: “Digging Dog Nursery,” May 7, 2011.
The cover of Martha Stewart Living, and article: “Paths to Greatness” by Susan Heeger, photographs by Marion Brenner, pages 139-147, Martha Stewart Living (sorry, no images or articles available), March, 2006
“15 Years of the Best Gardening Sources,” Martha Stewart Living.
“Secret Garden: At Digging Dog Nursery on the Mendocino Coast, there's much more than what first meets the eye”, by Meg McConahey, Santa Rosa Press Democrat, June 17, 2006
"Digging Dog Nursery, a rare jewel, with a fully conceived landscape… features a wide variety of plants from all over the world…": “Digging Dog Nursery unearths unusual plants”, by Miriam Owen, San Francisco Chronicle, September 9, 2006.
“Digging Dog Nursery in Mendocino,” Petaluma's BlogTown USA, Sue Wilcox, Petaluma Argus Courier, September 28, 2006. (Great photos of the Digging Dog gardens, a detailed discussion of Wilcox's visit to Digging Dog, and info about Gary's garden design and Deborah's unusual selection of plants.) "If you're the sort of person who likes out of the ordinary plants, the garden path less traveled leads through this nursery." ~Sue Wilcox
Fine Gardening Magazine's September-October 2006 issue lists Digging Dog Nursery as one of its 8 favorite destinations for plant shopping. Fine Gardening, Garden Variety, page 18, Sept.-Oct. 2006.
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