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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
Fall & Winter Hours:
Tues. 8:30am – 1pm
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at Digging Dog
Including Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’, Caryopteris incana, Caryopteris x ‘Lissilv’, and Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘First Choice’
Shrouded in a blue mist from midsummer until frost, these woody, shrublike perennials proclaim an Asian heritage and Verbena relations. Aromatic and paired, the deciduous foliage is attired with dense clusters of tantalizing whorled flowers enhanced by showy extended stamens. An excellent choice for a shrubby bed, mixed border or open bank, their
cool colors complement the warmer tones of late season blooms. Prized by bees and butterflies, sun-loving Caryopteris tolerates some drought and
demands good drainage.
Blue Mist Spiraea
Englishman Peter Catt bred sterling qualities
into this easy-to-care-for Caryopteris: deep, vivid
blue blossoms, an earlier, extended bloom period, and
a neatly compact form that requires little
pruning. ‘First Choice’ also earns its place
for winning whorls of inky flowers, which emerge
from the leaf axils along the upper part of each erect
stem. Serrated, with a green sheen topside, the linear
leaves are a soothing gray-green beneath. Blue Mist
Spiraea offers arresting texture and color when staged
with the toasty hues of Sedum
‘Autumn Fire’ and Spodiopogon
Size: 3' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 5.
AVAILABLE SPRING 2015
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘First Choice’ (P-1100)
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This shrubby perennial is valued for its ability to handle a dry site, but definitely proves itself indispensable when masses of its deep blue-violet flowers put on a spectacular show. Enveloping stiff upright stems, the richly colored blooms are long lasting in the garden and in arrangements as well.
Handsome, grayish green felted leaves emit a pleasing
medicinal scent as they cloak Common Bluebeard’s looser, more open profile.
Size: 3'–5' high x 4' wide; hardy to zone 7.
Caryopteris incana (P-0728)
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A spectacular abundance of tiny round buds and vibrant whorled blooms that look fantastic in cut arrangements mantles the fine textured bushy foundation described by compact upright stems and pewter-tinged green foliage with silver undersides. Touted as the best and the bluest of all Caryopteris, ‘Dark Knight’s swank low mounding profile can be staged right up front, tucked next to Zauschneria ‘Wayne’s Silver’ or ushered into smaller gardens.
Size: 2'–3' high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’ (S-0758)
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We have esteemed English shrub breeder, Peter Catt to thank for the exceptional attributes this award winning Caryopteris promotes: small stature, elegant illuminated foliage and copious late season blooms. Whorled bright blue-violet flowers garnish a trim gathering of shimmering silver leaves that draws attention months before the blossoms appear.
An ideal addition to the mixed border, its sterling shades can be combined with the yellow umbels of Achillea ‘Hella Glashoff’ or boldly mixed with orange flowering Leonotis ‘Savannah Sunset’. (PPAF)
Blooms August – September.
Size: 18"–2' high x 3' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Caryopteris x ‘Lissilv’ (S-0732)
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Happy New Year
Thrilled by the prospect of fresh beginnings and another spring, we’d like you to know that the 2015 Digging Dog catalog, our 23rd edition, has been printed! With well over 90 diverse new offerings, plus many cherished older gems, this extraordinary collection of plants promises to delight, tantalize and inspire your horticultural interests, while assuring remarkable possibilities for an array of locales, including our drought-stricken Western states. If you’re already on our mailing list, be on the lookout for it’s arrival in the next couple of weeks. Or you may order a copy by clicking on the catalog link.
Wishing you a great gardening year, and happy digging in 2015!
Current Staff’s Favorite Plant
Our favorite plant this week. We love Euphorbia ‘Helen Robinson’ because while the rest of the garden looks like winter, this plant looks like spring! From the robbiae side of the family, this choice, stalwart Euphorbia inherits its compact stature, shade tolerance, and handsome, stout rosettes of blunt-tipped, dark green leaves; the characias side contributes the good-sized chartreuse flower heads. In our garden, it acccompanies Anchusa with a carpet of Corydalis ‘Pere David’ skirting beneath.
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