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Including Hakonechloa varieties All Gold, Aureola, Albo Striata, Nicolas, and Naomi


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These graceful members of the Poaceae family are named after Hakone, a region of Japan where they can be found growing wild in shady areas with humus-rich soil.

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Hakonechloa macra  full sun  partial shade  shade lover  new plant

A study in urbane simplicity, this rich green grass fashions lush mounds of flowing bamboo-like foliage. Hakonechloa macra has often been overlooked, though its faster growing habit has a lot to offer, enduring more sun, drought and cold than the variegated Hakones. Solidly colored blades offset striped, gold, bronze or broad-leafed plants to great effect, or meld with Buxus 'Blauer Heinz' for a meditative green-on-green composition.

Size: 12"–3' high x 12"–3' wide; hardy to zone 4.

Hakonechloa macra (G-0546)
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Hakonechloa macra ‘Albo Striata’  partial shade
Hakone Grass
Hakonechloa macra Albo Striata

Very rare and hard to find, this Japanese forest grass is more sun tolerant than the golden form. Its pendulous green foliage is adorned with thick and thin creamy white stripes. Under dappled light in the rock garden, by pathways, in containers, or planted under a dwarf Maple, ‘Albo Striata’ will brighten your days.

Size: 10" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Hakonechloa macra ‘Albo Striata’ (G-0062)
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Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’  partial shade  shade lover
Golden Hakonechloa
Hakonechloa macra All Gold

Illuminated with the clearest, brightest gilded shades imaginable, ‘All Gold’s broad foliar ribbons are surely the envy of King Midas! This slightly more upright Hakonechloa still exhibits the same fluid ease as our other cultivars, and when set amid Astrantia ‘Claret’, its golden, cascading blades convey a dazzling vitality in any shady niche.

Size: 10" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Hakonechloa macra ‘All Gold’ (G-0477)
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Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’  partial shade  shade lover
Golden Variegated Hakonechloa
Hakonechloa macra Aureola

Native to shadowy mountain cliffs in Japan, this cool season dwarf grass is lush and graceful. The cascading, satinlike foliage is broad and variegated with cream, chartreuse and green. Such colors will illuminate any dark corner and such texture will soften any hard edges.

As long as it has moist but well drained soil, this slow-spreading plant works well as a specimen or ground cover. We especially like it in Japanese gardens and under the ambient light of Corylopsis spicata.

Size: 10" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Hakonechloa macra ‘Aureola’ (G-0051)
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Hakonechloa macra ‘Beni-kaze’  partial shade  shade lover
Hakonechloa macra Beni-kaze

With the same overflowing grace as its relatives, newly introduced 'Beni-kaze' entertains brilliant red fall colors. The lax green mound of loosely arranged, draped blades remains green until cooler weather ignites the smooth foliar ribbons and begs its name, which translates “red wind.” Lolling in the late season shadows, this larger growing Hakonechloa echoes the warm-hued fanfare of autumnal foliage.

Size: 18"–20" high x 2'–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Hakonechloa macra ‘Beni-kaze’ (G-0497)
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Hakonechloa macra ‘Naomi’  partial shade  shade lover
Hakonechloa macra Naomi

Discovered in a French trial garden, this recently introduced Hakone Grass is distinctive for its smaller stature and unique foliar blend of fall hues. The pendent, creamy white and yellow-green blades, which sport irregular green bands, appear similar to ‘Aureola’ during the spring and summer months.

Once the weather cools, some of the foliage transmutes deep reddish purple colors, while many leaves retain their bright variegation, crafting an exceptional multitoned spectacle. (pp#19,897)

Size: 10"–14" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Hakonechloa macra ‘Naomi’ (G-0522)
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Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicolas’  partial shade

A brilliant foliar infusion of orange-red hues caused by cool autumn weather makes this compelling new cultivar unique. Reminiscent of bamboo, artful weeping blades remain deep green throughout spring and summer, developing into a low soft-looking ground cover that exhibits more sun and drought tolerance than its golden or variegated cousins and promises not to overtake its neighbors.

‘Nicolas’ brings bold color to the season’s last curtain call and can be celebrated as a container subject, planted en masse in a naturalistic or modern venue or paired with bonsai, which is a favored Japanese tradition. (pp#19,898)

Size: 10"–14" high x 18" wide; hardy to zone 5.


Hakonechloa macra ‘Nicolas’ (G-0528)
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Give the Gift that keeps on Growing!


Digging Dog’s Holiday Collection

Stumped by what to gift those folks that already have enough "stuff"? How about going green and giving a living present?

This year’s seasonal, gift-quality 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 season!

Order a $50.00 minimum of plants 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 2016 order!) For discounts, place code “Holiday 2015” in the Comment Box on the online order form; for gift-wrap, place code “Gift-wrap” in the Comment Box. Sale dates are November 20 thru December 20, with the last ship date being December 21st, 2015. If you wish to receive your order by Christmas: All orders must be received no later than Sunday, December 20 to be delivered by December 24!

Gift Certificates purchased at a discount are not redeemable towards discounted plants. Gift Certificates are non-refundable. In the event that a problem occurs with a discounted plant, please contact us immediately. If applicable, a credit memo or refund check will be issued.

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Current Staff’s Favorite Plant

staff favorite plant

Our favorite plant this week: We love Cercidiphyllum japonicum for it's cozy array of fall colors, and it's divinely scented leaves. Perhaps Japan’s largest shade tree, normally multi- trunked Katsura manifests a gracious symmetry; trained to a single trunk it provides a narrower, almost columnar shape. Its dappled shade is a cordial host for Corylopsis. Grows moderately to rapidly.

Cercidiphyllum japonicum

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~J. in California

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