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A mail order and retail plant nursery featuring unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees and vines that flourish in a variety of garden settings throughout the country.

drought resistant plants

Drought-busting Beauties:

top left to right: Kniphofia ‘Bee’s Sunset’, Euphorbia ‘Limewall’, bottom left to right: Euphorbia ‘John Tomlinson’, Eryngium ‘Jos Eijking’

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You'll find a diverse selection of unusual plants
in these and many other genera in the Digging Dog site:

Featured genera page
Achillea
Aster
Campanula
Crocosmia
Euphorbia
Geranium
Nepeta
Kniphofia
Penstemon
Salvia
Miscanthus
Heaths & Heathers
Cistus
Hydrangea
Lavender
Viburnum
Alstroemeria
Aquilegia
Corydalis
Verbascum

Complete list of plants:

Perennials: 1    2    3 Grasses Shrubs Trees & Vines

Browse our online catalog:

Perennials A-An
Perennials An-Az
Perennials B-C
Perennials D-E
Perennials F-G
Perennials H-I
Perennials J-M
Perennials N-P
Perennials R-S
Perennials T-Z
Grasses A-D
Grasses E-Z
Shrubs A-G
Shrubs H-Z
Trees & Vines

Search our catalog or find plants to suit your conditions


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Digging Dog Nursery is a family-owned nursery and mail-order business situated on the Mendocino Coast in Northern California. Our nursery offers healthy and vigorous plants grown in our own custom potting mix that includes a sterilized sandy loam. We propagate the majority of the plants we sell.

For more than 20 years we have been offering a selection of tried and true garden performers, as well as many unique and easily grown varieties that emphasize long blooming periods, and year-round appeal with an array of buds, blooms, seedheads, berries, intriguing foliage or bark.

In the following pages, you will find a versatile and extraordinary collection—a plethora of plants for formal or informal spaces, as well as naturalized meadows, shady woodland areas, Mediterranean and water-wise gardens, the rockery, and even some market plantings with a focus on fresh or dried arrangements.

You can order plants from our website, from our printed catalog, by phone, or come visit our nursery. Our nursery is open to visitors seasonally.


Visit Us!

Summer Hours :

Monday: by appointment;
Tuesday–Saturday:
10am–4pm;

closed Sunday


Latest News

Summer Savings at the Nursery

Straight from the Border: Waterwise Tips

Has the drought got you down? Are you thinking about ripping out your lawn or other water thirsty plants? Don't worry! Digging Dog Nursery is recognized by Dave's Garden as one of the top five mail order nurseries for our wide selection of drought tolerant plants. We carry a fabulous variety of Cistus, Euphorbias, Thymes, Sun Roses,  Sedums, Kniphofias, Origanums, Eryngiums, Lavender, and hard to find, lesser known grasses such as Poa cita, Pennisetum, and Schizachryiums.

Consider planting waterwise groundcovers between your existing plants, or positioning plants close together to reduce the amount of exposed soil. This in turn will reduce evaporation. Heavy mulching with organic matter will also conserve and retain moisture. Compost, well rotted manure or humus from a local dairy or vineyard can benefit your garden in several ways: weed suppression, water conservation and fantastic fertilization!

Try to be conscious with your water use, remember that selecting a drought tolerant plant is only the first step. Once it is established, deep and frequent waterings help train the roots to grow down rather than out, preventing crown rot and helping your plant become much more drought tolerant in the long run. If the drought becomes very severe in your area, a hard and aggressive pruning combined with a heavy mulch can work wonders in preserving your precious perennials!

Visit Us

Digging Dog Nursery’s 15th Annual Dog-Gone Super Summer Plant Sale!
July 10, 11 and 12 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Discounts of 20% apply to most plants with many drought busting Lavenders, Rosemary and Cistus discounted at 35% off or more! Saturday, July 11th: Enjoy Free Light Refreshments & a 2pm Garden Tour

Summer Sale Ordering Information

Summer Sale Discounts apply ONLY to purchases made AT THE NURSERY. Happy Diggings!

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If you cannot make it to the Summer Sale feel free to join us for one of our Saturday Strolls.
Enjoy a fun, informative guided tour of our colorful display borders. Sip iced tea & take home great gardening ideas!
They take place from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm on the following dates:

  • July 25th
  • August 8th and 29th
  • September 12th and 26th
  • October 10th

Saturday Strolls & Plant Chat - August 8

Join us for a fun, informative guided tour of our colorful borders led by Deborah Whigham. Enjoy refreshments and take home great gardening ideas. 2-4:30pm - FREE!

Saturday Strolls & Plant Chat - August 29

Join us for a fun, informative guided tour of our colorful borders led by Deborah Whigham. Enjoy refreshments and take home great gardening ideas. 2-4:30pm - FREE!

Saturday Strolls & Plant Chat - September 12

Join us for a fun, informative guided tour of our colorful borders led by Deborah Whigham. Enjoy refreshments and take home great gardening ideas. 2-4:30pm - FREE!

Saturday Strolls & Plant Chat - September 26

Join us for a fun, informative guided tour of our colorful borders led by Deborah Whigham. Enjoy refreshments and take home great gardening ideas. 2-4:30pm - FREE!

Fall Dog-Gone Super Plant Sale - October 9, 10 & 11

Discover an abundance of easy-to-grow plants, including many rate beauties and water-wise toughies, at a savings! Stroll our delightful display plantings Saturday: light refreshments & guided tour at 2pm October 9, 10 & 11 10am - 5pm

Current Staff’s Favorite Plant

staff favorite plant

We love Geranium 'Buxton's Variety' for it's luminous white eyes. Try pairing it with golden foliage such as Leycesteria formosa 'Golden Lanterns' or Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Golden Arrow'. Each summer this eye catching gem puts on a nonstop show. Large, illuminated white centers with dark stamens highlight captivating spode-blue flowers as they linger just above the luxuriant, slightly mottled foliage. An elegant addition to the border, back ‘Buxton’s Variety’ with Kniphofia ‘Naudes Nek’ and Campanula ‘Loddon Anna’.

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Digging Dog Nursery

a mail order plant nursery
on the Mendocino Coast of California

31101 Middle Ridge Rd., Albion, CA 95410
phone: (707) 937-1130



website by Garth Hagerman