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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
(until Oct. 27) :
Monday: by appointment;
web site by
at Digging Dog
Including Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘First Choice’, Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘Dark Knight’, and Caryopteris x ‘Lissilv’
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.
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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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.
Caryopteris x clandonensis ‘First Choice’ (S-1100)
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Digging Dog Nursery's borders recently featured in the new Garden Conservancy's book
We are proud to announce that we are among "50 of America's most beautiful gardens" in the Garden Conservancy's new book "Outstanding American Gardens"
Current Staff’s Favorite Plant
Our favorite plant this week: We love Tricyrtis 'Empress' for its unique, late blooming flowers. Renowned for its extra large and wider open flowers, this exquisite, newly introduced Toad Lily is a formosana hybrid. Ornate, spidery spaced petals are inscribed by occasional darkened tips and irregular velvet-rich deep purple spots, stipples and mottling on a creamy white background. An enticing fall beacon amongst the shadows, ‘Empress’s showy terminal blooms are supported by an upright robust gathering of lustrous, semi-clasping dark green foliage that stays dapper all season.
More news, events, and favorite plants
“I held my breath and opened the box (after a long delay in opening the delivered plants, due to catastrophic flooding), dug down through the damp paper shreds and found all the plants alive!!!! I'm so relieved. I had to write and thank you for the hardiness of the plants, and for packing them so carefully.... Thank you, Digging Dog. I'll be back.”
~Jane in New Hampshire
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