Current Staff's Favorite Plant
Sterling Spring blooming shrubs, plus head-turning Perennials.
Here’s the tall and short of it…
Sterling spring blooming shrubs, all dressed in classy green leaves and crisp white flowers. Viburnum plicatum ‘Summer Snowflake’ is the largest of our featured shrubs, fashioning graceful somewhat horizontal branches adorned with snowy lace caps. Cultivated since 1868, well-loved Spiraea x vanhouttei makes a shapely low maintenance addition to sunny mixed borders, while smaller-statured Deutzia gracilis ‘Nikko' offers a galaxy of dainty white blooms perfect for the rockery, nestled along steps or in a container.
Head turning Perennials
Nearly 65” of rain coupled with chilly spring days spawned a remarkable surge of lush foliar growth, plus spectacular long-lasting flowers in our nursery & garden this year. Spring is always such an exciting time as we watch the multitude of leaves, buds and blooms that seemingly unfurl over night plus the numerous new shoots stretching skyward. Dicentra ‘Gold Heart’s delicate golden foliage glows in dappled shady niches, while the dark leaves of Eupatorium ‘Chocolate’, Astrantia ‘Moulin Rouge's exquisite domes, and the richly colored Sedum ‘Jose Aubergine’ promise to turn more than a few heads in your garden. Perhaps you could let Campanula ‘Blue Waterfall’ cascade down your garden steps, or brighten up a sunny bed with Geum ‘Prinses Juliana’. We hope you’ll make room for a few of these shrubs & perennials. Our extensive display borders which surround the nursery are now open through Colombus Day weekend. Our first guided Saturday Stroll is June 24th., followed by July 15th & 29th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer.Digging Dog's June 2017 Newsletter Link"
“I have often ordered by mail or online, and I must say that your plants far exceed the size and quality of most of the other nurseries with whom I have dealt. You can be sure that I will be a frequent customer in the future.”
~J.A. In Virginia
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.
Tues 10 am – 4 pm
Hardiness & Climate
Digging Dog Nursery is 3 miles from the ocean on a ridge top, bordering both Zones 15 and 17 (according to Sunset's Western Garden Book) or Zone 8 and 9 (according to the U.S.D.A. Plant Hardiness Zone Map).
We have a relatively mild climate, with the coldest temperatures generally in the low 20's and the warmer days reaching close to 80°. Occasionally we do have cold winters when temperatures dip into the low teens.
U.S.D.A. hardiness zones are indicated for each plant to suggest minimum tolerable cold. Use these only as a loose guideline, keeping in mind the varied factors which can cause a plant to be vulnerable to cold. Remember, micro climates can be created in your garden, making it easier to raise supposedly tender plants in colder zones. In some areas, a cold pocket may force the temperature lower thereby creating problems for a hardy plant.
Height & Width Estimates
The first number given represents ultimate height of the plant, including flower height above foliage. The second number is the width. Use these sizes as a reference for your garden planning and designing.
The figures are approximate and may vary according to soil fertility, exposure to sun, and other environmental conditions. The sizes we list have been observed here in our home garden, and in other Northern California sites, both coastal and inland.
Most grasses and perennials will achieve estimated proportions in 2 growing seasons, shrubs in 3-5 years. In the tree section, the growth rate, size attained in 10 years and or the tree's ultimate height has been listed.
The months stated represent the approximate flowering times for each plant. These may vary depending on your specific environmental conditions.
Digging Dog Plants
We ship well established plants which are grown in the following container sizes:
Small band: 2-½" square x 5" deep
Medium Band: 3" square x 5-½" deep - (The majority of our perennials & grasses)
Squat Band: 3-¾" square x 4-½" deep
Large Band: 4" square x 6" deep - (Most of our trees & many of our shrubs)
Quart: 5" square x 6" deep.
Occasionally, plants will be available in liners (2-¼ square x 3-¼ deep) or landscape plugs and will be discounted $1.00-$1.50 off the regular price.
Digging Dog plants are removed from their containers, and their firm intact rootballs are placed inside plastic bags prior to shipping.
When Your Order Arrives
If you're not ready to plant when the order arrives, open the box immediately and remove the plants. Place them in a shady spot, making sure they don't dry out. Newly planted selections should be protected from hot sun and drying winds, and watered adequately.