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Viola (Violet)
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Including Viola ‘Rebecca’, Viola ‘Black Magic’, Viola cornuta ‘Bowles Black’, and Viola walteri ‘Silver Gem’



Hailing from the world’s temperate regions, these endearing hardy selections are reliably perennial. They prosper in bright shade with fertile, well-drained and evenly moist soil.

Viola ‘Black Magic’  full sun  partial shade

Touted as one of the darkest hued flowers in cultivation, this long blooming Viola will indeed work some magic wherever it’s planted. Each large, 1 in. wide edible flower possesses sumptuous jet black hues and a small sunny yellow eye that’s rimmed with violet above a compact, grassy green dainty-leafed clump. ‘Black Magic’s low growing heat tolerant habit promises oodles of blossoms throughout the cooler months, an autumn encore if trimmed back and renewed vigor following a September dividing.

Blooms May– September.

Size: 6"–8" high x 6"–8" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Viola ‘Black Magic’ (P-1780)
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Viola cornuta ‘Bowles Black’  full sun  partial shade
Viola cornuta Bowles Black

Violets have long been associated with faithfulness, and this delicate beauty holds true to her promise, blooming nonstop from spring until frost. Lifted on thin stems just above small, green scalloped leaves, the lavish display of dainty, midnight black flowers achieves a velvet luxury as deep purple accents surround golden eyes. Always appreciative of a good trimming, this compact Violet can be naturalized under a shrub, situated amid Alchemilla erythropoda by the patio or planted in a favored terracotta vessel.

Blooms May–September.

Size: 8" high x 12" wide; hardy to zone 7.

Viola cornuta ‘Bowles Black’ (P-1290)
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Viola ‘Rebecca’  full sun  partial shade
Viola  Rebecca

‘Rebecca’ is treasured for her divine vanilla fragrance and tidy compact clumps of dapper evergreen foliage. All are equally captivating, though no two are alike, each ebullient white flower showcases a creamy lemon flushed center and irregularly patterned, deep violet edges. This sweet smelling Viola should be ensconced near a well-traveled path or seating area, where its plentiful color flecked flowers can be easily relished ‘till the first hard frost.

Blooms May – mid-October.

Size: 8"–10" high x 10"–15" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Viola ‘Rebecca’ (P-1674)
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Viola walteri ‘Silver Gem’  partial shade

Originating as a chance seedling in Bibb County, Alabama, and recently introduced by Delaware's Mt. Cuba Center, this dazzling nearly evergreen Viola lives up to its name. Prominent olive green veins and greenish purple reverses distinguish low growing heartshaped silvery leaves that clothe trailing stems and forge a no-nonsense dense mounded ground cover. Energetic, adaptable and drought tolerant once established, 'Silver Gem's dapper appearance is further festooned with a multitude of delicate purple flowers from spring until frost.

Blooms April–September.

Size: 3"–5" high x 8"–10" wide; hardy to zone 5.

Viola walteri ‘Silver Gem’ (P-1825)
Each $7.25
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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.

Click here to view Digging Dog's Holiday 2015 Collection

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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