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Omphalodes (Navelwort)
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Including Omphalodes cappadocica varieties Cherry Ingram, Parisian Skies, & Joy Skies



A favorite of Marie Antoinette’s, these endearing forget-me-not–like flowers claim their name from the navel-shaped groove that marks each seed. Omphalodes are members of the Borage family, preferring moist soils but tolerant of dry conditions when grown in shade. They can take full sun where summers are temperate and need dappled light elsewhere. Slowly spreading by underground stems, let this lovely and leafy evergreen ground cover enhance the edge of the woods or a rock garden with spring bulbs and Ajuga not far away.

Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’  full sun  partial shade

“True Blue” is our claim about Captain Collingwood Ingram’s improvement on this species. Year after year, a generous showing of deep blue flowers adorns 15 in. leafy stems stretching above a tidy mass of green leaves. Larger than the species, these blossoms extend their display by fading to nostalgic violet tones.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 10" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Cherry Ingram’ (P-0959)
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Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Joy Skies’  full sun  partial shade
Omphalodes cappadocica Joy Skies

Created by New Zealand’s noted breeder, Terry Hatch, ‘Joy Skies’ has wonderfully elegant and loose mounds of long, lancelike leaves arching gracefully downward. The charming open-faced flowers borne along trailing stems echo the intense azure of the summer sky. Star-shaped, light green calyxes add a colorful shimmer.

In our garden, we’ve backed it with the sunny sparkle of Hypericum kouytchense and the eye catching foliage of Spiraea ‘Ogon’.

Blooms April–July.

Size: 12" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Joy Skies’ (P-0960)
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Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Parisian Skies’  full sun  partial shade

And you thought you had to travel all the way to France to enjoy a Parisian sky! Enchanting, just like the cultivar name suggests, this Omphalodes hosts a profusion of blooms in luminous bleu d’azur hues above a leafy base of foliage. Bring European appeal to your woodland trail and try ‘Parisian Skies’ en masse with Pulmonaria ‘Excalibur’ nearby.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 10" high x 15" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Parisian Skies’ (P-0961)
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Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Starry Eyes’  full sun  partial shade

This stellar old favorite displays plentiful airy sprays of fetching Mediterranean blue flowers defined by illuminated white eyes and five spaced round-edged petals, each one with a deep blue interior and a pink rim that eventually matures to white. The dainty bicolored blooms sparkle above long-petioled, dark green leaves shaping an attractive bushy hummock. Irresistible when massed, ‘Starry Eyes’ can enchant the rockery, a shady planting or the woodland garden. A member of the Borage family, Omphalodes prefers moist soil, but will tolerate dry conditions when grown in shade.

Blooms April–June.

Size: 10" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Omphalodes cappadocica ‘Starry Eyes’ (P-1766)
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Glorious Gardens and Bluegrass - A Benefit for The Mendocino Music Festival

A Perfect Autumn Afternoon

October 23, 2016, 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm

A performance by bluegrass and Americana icon Laurie Lewis with long-time collaborators Tom Rozum, Nina Gerber and Max Schwartz forms the centerpiece of a perfect autumn afternoon of festive food, locally-produced ciders, and fine local wines, presented in the stunning Albion home and noted private gardens of Deborah Whigham and Gary Ratway of Digging Dog Nursery.Edible entertainment by Assagiare Mendocino Cider (hard and soft) by The Apple Farm in Philo Wines by Greenwood Ridge Vineyards Music by Laurie Lewis with Tom Rozum, Nina Gerber and Max Schwartz Garden tours with Gary Ratway.

$125.00 Per Person To purchase tickets and learn more please visit: http://mendocinomusic.org/event/glorious-gardens-and-bluegrass/

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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"

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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.

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