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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
Summer Hours :
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Including Centaurea atropurpurea, Centaurea hypoleuca ‘John Coutts’, Centaurea macrocephala, and Centaurea montana ‘Jordy’
Centaurea’s heritage extends all the way back to ancient Greek mythology when Achilles’s wise teacher, Chiron the Centaur was wounded by one of Hercules’ poisoned arrows and subsequently cured by this herb’s miraculous healing powers.
Equally at home in a present day border or a more naturalized setting, our hardy undemanding selections paint a bright picture inside as well. The long lasting boisterous blooms are celebrated cut flowers, bringing high-spirited accents to both fresh and dried arrangements.
Appreciative of well draining “sweet” soil, the ever amenable Knapweed withstands some drought, but not wet, wintertime feet.
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Milling about the mountainous meadows of Europe’s Carpathian Range, this garden rarity spotlights large ruby red thistle-styled blooms bolstered by impressively tall sturdy stems. Even before the marvelous flowers appear, intricately detailed buds with brown-tipped green scales and curvy white spines beg a closer glance. A delicate-looking rosette of long feathery leaves—silver-gray and narrowly cut—completes the picture, while yellow blooming Centaurea ruthenica makes an ideal companion.
Blooms June – August.
Size: 4' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Centaurea atropurpurea (P-1646)
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Cradled by silvery, paper-thin bracts, a vivacious summertime showing of deep rose-pink thistlelike blooms with pale centers promises a fall encore when deadheaded regularly.
Long green leaves—deeply divided, lobed and powdery white beneath—line stiff-backed stems, bolstering the fragrant high energy performance.
A magnet for butterflies and gardeners alike, this carefree Centaurea exhibits a compact, not-so-tall profile that can be featured atop a wall or near the border’s front, obliges dry soils and keeps us coming back well after the flowers have faded to relish its long lasting, decorative seed heads.
Size: 2' high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 4.
Centaurea hypoleuca ‘John Coutts’ (P-1392)
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Great Golden Knapweed
An overgrown, sun-struck relative of the Bachelor Button, this “big-headed” native of the Caucasus Mountains has so many good qualities you’ll soon be inviting it into your garden. A medium green, rowdy mass of oversized, wavy-edged lanceolate leaves attached to stout stems gives way to intriguing, rust-colored buds as big as a chicken’s egg.
Scaled by papery bracts, the bud’s rotund profile opens to offer a large, bright yellow thistle, a cheerful mop of threadlike petals bursting with sunshine and color. Back this easy-to-grow cut flower with Cotinus ‘Grace’ and surround it with Nepeta ‘Pool Bank’.
Blooms late July–mid-September.
Size: 3'–4' high x 2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 4.
Centaurea macrocephala (P-0834)
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Ringed with spidery ultra-fringed tubular florets, the
dark-as-midnight blooms are presented singularly,
strutting sumptuous reddish purple shades on tall
staunch stems. Black embroidered buds, intriguing
seed heads and silver felted new growth further
enhance the tidy clump of broadly lanceolate green
leaves that sport minute pearly hairs. A fan of lean
chalky sites, this fanciful bloomer appreciates periodic
pruning and works best as a filler in a Mediterranean
planting, cottage garden or a naturalized setting,
where it will bring on the bees, butterflies and other
Size: 18" high x 18"–2' wide; hardy to zone 3.
Centaurea montana ‘Jordy’ (P-1797)
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“A border flower of the highest merit,” is how British horticulturist, William Robinson once described this awe-inspiring Centaurea, and we couldn’t agree more! Crowning long straight green stems, the fluffy thistle-style heads in unique pale citron yellows and tissue-thin buff-colored bracts will attract more than a few admirers. These ample-sized, sublime-for-cutting blooms heighten a graceful ferny pedestal of rich green pointed leaves with gray undersides, narrow silhouettes and a refined countenance. Appreciative of adequately draining soil, the ever amenable Knapweed withstands some drought, but not wet winter feet.
Size: 3'–4' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Centaurea ruthenica (P-1329)
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Digging Dog's Fall Sale
Dog-Gone Super Online Fall Plant Sale
Enjoy a special savings and get a jumpstart on your fall planting! Order a minimum of $85.00 in plants, and receive a 15% discount. Our online sale lasts for 2 weeks only, beginning September 26 and ending on October 11. Mention code "Fall 2015!" to receive the discount. All orders must be shipped by October 13. All ordered items must be in-stock. If you’re not quite ready to plant or wish to receive your plants at a later date, you can order a Gift Certificate that’s worth $100.00 for only $85.00!
Digging Dog Nursery's Fall 2015 Newsletter
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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
Our favorite plant this week: We love Astrantia major 'Lars' for it's ornate, richly colored blooms, that look great in an arrangement, either fresh or dried. Celebrating bright and cheerful colors, crowns of maroon bracts deliver gorgeous cherry red floral mounds with lighter pink centers. ‘Lars’s blooms loll high above broad deep green lobed leaves on slender stems. This energetic Danish cultivar looks a bit like an overly exuberant Italian Flat Parsley and makes an unparalleled up-front cottage-style filler that is easy to care for.
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