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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
Mon. by appointment
Tues., Thurs.,Fri. & Sat. 10:30–4
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Including Centaurea macrocephala and Centaurea ruthenica
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.
View a slideshow of plant images from this genus
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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“A border flower of the highest merit,” is how British horticultural author, 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 just 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 more refined countenance.
Size: 3'–4' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 5.
Centaurea ruthenica (P-1329)
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Beginning December 4 through January 7, 2014
Order a $30.00 minimum of plants described in our Holiday Collection to receive 10% off your purchase. Plus, we’ll wrap them in silver & tie them with a bow for FREE!
15% Discount on purchases of $100 or more for any plants listed on our website or available here at the nursery!
15% Discount on Gift Certificates of $100 or more. That’s $100 worth of plants for only $85! (Purchase one for yourself... cash it in on your Spring 2014 order!)
For discounts, place code "Holiday2013" in the Comment Box on the online order form; for gift-wrap, place code "Gift-wrap" in the Comment Box.
Plant orders must be received no later than December 18 to be delivered by December 24!
Digging Dog’s Holiday Collection
This year’s seasonal offerings feature an eclectic array of horticultural treasures that promise a little something
for everyone, sure to delight those gardeners on your gift list. Our selection of grasses, perennials and shrubs
can be showcased in diverse garden settings across the country. Most are easily cultivated, many oblige a wide
variety of growing conditions and all of them are in some way outstanding. We wish you a happy holiday
Yucca dismetiana ‘Blue Boy’ (Left); Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ (Right)
Brilliant Blade-like Grasses and Perennials
The following plants celebrate texture and foliar intrigue. Some selections are finely hewn, while others make a bold statement.
- Astelia nivicola ‘Red Gem’ vaunts a silky luster of abundant soft white hairs and elegant sword-shaped foliage with irregular bronzed maroon stripes on an olive green background and luminous silver hues on smooth flipsides. (P-1641, hardy to Zone 8)
- Carex albula ‘Frosted Curls’ spotlights a frosted fountain of gracefully cascading hair-like blades. The iridescent light green leaves twist their tips and gleam with pewter highlights, while staging a dense evergreen clump that spills over rocks, walls or a favored patio container. (G-0482, hardy to Zone 7)
- Carex conica ‘Snowline’ Glistening, dark green slender leaves embellished with crisp white margins and small purplish white flowers on triangular stems hallmark this neatly tufted variegated Sedge. (G-0533, hardy to Zone 5)
- Phormium ‘Jack Spratt’ flourishes as a diminutive cultivar amid a family of mostly massive relatives, with tidy, fan-shaped evergreen clumps of twisting, ½ in. wide bronzed blades that first emerge olive-green then transmute to a reddish mocha color. (P-1462, hardy to Zone 8)
- Yucca dismetiana ‘Blue Boy’ dresses in gray icy greens and powder blues with a dusky purple overlay. Rigid evergreen leaves, defined by sharp pointed tips and fine-toothed margins, craft a rounded rosette, while waxy white pendulous flowers draped on stout panicles deliver late summer sparkle. (P-1495, hardy to Zone 7)
- Yucca filamentosa ‘Color Guard’ reigns as one of the most attractive variegated Yuccas available. With a close set evergreen rosette, each spine-tipped leaf is etched by celadon green margins and a bold, creamy gold central stripe, which becomes brighter in mid-summer. (P-1781, hardy to Zone 5)
Erica x darleyensis ‘Margaret Porter’
Heaths have fine-textured needle-like dark green leaves that forge a dapper evergreen foil for their bright dainty blossoms, promising good cheer on a gray winter day. They are currently in bloom and are hardy to Zone 5.
- Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’ is an old favorite with creamy buds that open into a flood of white flowers. A vigorous ground cover, it can handle inland heat and tough conditions. (S-0016)
- Erica carnea ‘Vivelli’ hosts carmine red flowers that cover a low spreading form. Its deep green summer foliage bronzes after the first frost. (S-0725)
- Erica x darleyensis ‘Kramer’s Red’ boasts stiff branches that hold darkly green foliage, enhanced in winter by bronze highlights and closely set chartreuse buds that open into cerise-magenta blooms. (S-0564)
- Erica x darleyensis ‘Margaret Porter’ is an attractive low spreading Erica. Light-colored buds precede dainty deep lilac urns, studding ‘Margaret Porter’s attractive mid-green needles, which burnish bronzy hues during the winter months. (S-0019)
A floating medley of Hellebore blossoms, including ‘Blue Metallic Lady’
Awakening when most perennials are going to sleep, Hellebores’ blooms add alluring color and their polished dark green foliage furnishes evergreen interest throughout the year. They are hardy to Zone 5.
- Helleborus niger 'HGC Jonas' features a luminous bevy of yellow-stamened crisp white petals atop burgundy stems. Defined by 7 petals, and a light green or blush pink coloration as they age, full forward-facing flowers rise from dark green toothed leaves. (P-1806, hardy to Zone 5)
- Helleborus x ballardiae ‘HGC Pink Frost’ showcases burgundy buds, antiqued-toned pink petals and striking red stems. (P-1618, hardy to Zone 5).
- Helleborus x hybridus ‘Blue Metallic Lady’ sports darkly alluring, cupped and upfacing flowers, each centered by a bright cluster of champaign-hued stamens and colored in lavish midnight purplish blue hues with merlot and pewter overtones. (P-1617, hardy to Zone 4)
- Helleborus x nigersmithii ‘Ivory Prince’ exquisite flowers, bathed in creamy white with an infusion of soft green, dusty rose and plum tones, brighten the winter landscape. (P-1325)
Leonotis menthifolia ‘Savannah Sunset’ (Left); Asarum splendens (Right)
Among the perennial offerings, you’ll find mesmerizing foliage, fantastic blooms and handsome habits, from low growing ground covers to a lofty show stopper.
- Asarum splendens showcases glistening, broadly arrow-shaped, deep green leaves overlayed with dramatic silver marbling and come spring, 2 in. wide dark purple blossoms with white throats. (P-1247, hardy to Zone 6)
- Dianthus ‘Oakington’ exudes an enticing clove aroma. Quantities of open-faced semidouble blossoms are trimmed with fringed rosy mauve petals above a handsome low blue-gray tuft. (P-1513, hardy to Zone 5/6)
- Eryngium ‘Big Blue’ is big on blue&emdash;the electrifying, iridescent kind that promises to tantalize any garden visitor. Green spiky foliage and thick stems create an intriguing candelabra-shaped base for the bright 4 in. wide inflorescences. (P-1593, hardy to Zone 5)
- Euphorbia ‘Canyon Gold’ stands out for its wine-colored new growth, bronzy purple foliage with red-hued leaf undersides and stocky red stems. This robust, low growing wulfenii hybrid boasts large, cylindrical, golden yellow flower heads. (P-0744, hardy to Zone 7)
- Leonotis menthifolia ‘Savannah Sunset’ conjures images of romping safari lions. Wondrous dense whorls of furry bright orange tubular flowers ascend straight lofty stalks in spaced intervals. New growth emerges from the blossom’s center, crafting an unusual tiered effect, while freely branching square hairy stems sprout neatly paired triangular green leaves that are narrow and toothed. (P-1657, currently in bloom and hardy to Zone 8)
- Saxifraga stolonifera 'Maroon Beauty' enchants the woodland, hosting wispy 5-petaled pink-tinged white flowers and intricately etched evergreen rosettes of thick rounded blue-green leaves with scalloped margins, silver hairs, pewter veins and flashy maroon undersides. (P-1819, hardy to Zone 7)
Escallonia laevis ‘Gold Brian’ (Left); Ceanothus x pallidus 'Marie Simon' (Middle); Deutzia gracillis 'Nikko' (Right)
These favored shrubs highlight stylish foliage, glamorous blooms and architectural drama.
- Ceanothus x pallidus ‘Marie Simon’ displays fluffy rose-pink panicles and ornamental red seed capsules cushioned by wine-colored stems and long serrated semievergreen leaves. A perfect contender for a mixed planting, this long bloomer tolerates summertime water. (S-0246, hardy to Zone 6)
- Coprosma ‘Beatson’s Gold’ captivates gardeners with variegated foliage and a distinctive horizontal branching pattern. The narrowly oval, tiny leaves are lime-yellow and rimmed by a crisp dark green. (S-0026, hardy to Zone 8)
- Deutzia gracillis ‘Nikko’ enchants with dainty five-petaled crisp white blooms atop diminutive dark forest green leaves that fashion a compact ground cover-like shrub. (S-0140, hardy to Zone 5)
- Escallonia laevis ‘Gold Brian’ gleams with golden foliage and terminal panicles of long blooming raspberry-colored flowers amid medium-sized rounded leaves that are leathery and toothed and transmute fresh lime-green shades during the summer. (S-0759, hardy to Zone 8)
- Hebe pimeleoides ‘Quicksilver’
charms with smooth, arching and lengthy black stems that seem to twinkle with small silvery blue-green leaves,
neatly arranged in close-set, opposite pairs. ‘Quicksilver’s wiry uniquely colored visage is brightened by summertime pale lilac flowers. (S-0590, hardy to Zone 8)
- Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Amethyst’
boasts 6 in. long, upright flowers, housing creamy white sepals, which darken to a luscious wine-red hue as they mature, while bold, large coriaceous leaves broadcast spectacular burgundy shades in autumn. (S-0737, hardy to Zone 5)
- Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Sikes Dwarf’ is a small-statured shrub with handsome broad, lobed and closely spaced foliage that shows off abundant ivory-colored conical blooms. (S-0566, hardy to Zone 5)
- Pinus thunbergii var. Mikawa has been seducing bonsai aficionados for centuries. This distinctive slow growing Pine spotlights pairs of nearly white new growth, thick rigid needles, corky purplish black bark, and stout twisting horizontal branches. (T-0258, hardy to Zone 5)
- Viburnum plicatum ‘Summer Snowflake’ features a unique horizontal growth habit, with pure white lacecap flowers and red berries presented in parallel rows along its branches. ‘Summer Snowflake’ maintains a somewhat rounded form and blooms well into summer. (S-0075, hardy to Zone 5)
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