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Stipa

The species of this widely distributed genus of cool season grasses are evergreen in milder climates. All are clump forming and most relish well-drained soil and low humidity. Perfect for cut arrangements, the flowers are stunning in morning and end-of-the-day light, and in the breezes of any hour.

<i>Stipa arundinacea</i>

Like a fountain, the green, bronze and golden narrow blades are upright and arching. Slightly dry soils will intensify the copper tones of this graceful, clumping evergreen Stipa. While grown mostly for its delightful form and color, the subtle inflorescences appear as a fine mist, tinged with small purple and golden seed capsules known as awns.

Blooms June–September

Size: 2' 0" high x 2' 0" – 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 8.

Stipa gigantea (G-0024)

Each $9.00

AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 2020

<i>Stipa gigantea</i>

Native to Africa and southwestern Europe, this cool season grass boasts 7 ft. tall, jointed stalks, resembling lean bamboo, with airy 10 in. panicles of oat-like &#64258;owers that emerge as purple-on-green, then ripen to pale metallic gold. The unforgettable floral display continues all fall and looks fabulous in cut arrangements. Defined by tidy, narrow green blades, a dense fluid-looking 2 ft. hummock remains evergreen where winters are mild, and where summers are hot and humid, it favors sunny fast-draining sites. We recommend a gentle breeze and backlighting for full effect.

Blooms June–November

Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 4' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 7.

Stipa ichu (G-0591)

Each $8.25

From Peru’s grasslands and rocky plains, this evergreen bunching grass rallies both durability and grace. Ultrathin bright green blades grow in an upright fashion and sport rolled edges coupled with toasty amber fall hues. Swaying just above the fine-cut tuft, a glimmering feather-like array of long, silken silvery-green plumes appears in spring and later broadcasts golden tones once mature. Undaunted by deer, heat, coastal sites and dry conditions, Peruvian Feather Grass is tailor-made for slopes, erosion control, massed plantings and mixed borders, as well as containers. Sunshine, superb drainage, protection from winter cold plus fertile soil ensure its good fortune. 

 

Blooms July–September

Size: 2' 0" – 3' 0" high x 12" – 2' 0" wide.

Zone 7/8.

Hailing from Down Under, Australia’s ‘Pillar of Smoke’ explodes with 6 to 8 in. whorl-branched panicles of silky copper-colored flowers that age to a smoky silver. The amazing floral plumes are held on sturdy, jointed stems amidst towering clumps of bright green foliage.

Undaunted by wind, poor soils and some drought, this strong-growing, cool season evergreen is perfect for southern and western gardens, as well as coastal sites.

Blooms February–September

Size: 6' 0" – 7' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 9.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our Featured Plant: Crocosmia ‘Zeal Tan’

Captivating Crocosmias, Plants that Dodge to Dog Days of Summer, 2020 T-shirst have arrived!

Captivating Crocosmias!

Crocosmias boast a bounty of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Displayed on the ends of gracefully arching spikes above winsome sword-like leaves, the clustered tubular flowers range from yellow, peach and orange to fire-engine red. The prismatic tones meld well with white-flowering Hydrangeas and perennials such as Selinium wallichianum, Actaea simplex 'Atropurpurea', Alcea 'Polarstar' or Aster 'Bridal Veil'. The yellow and melon shades sparkle amid the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Caryopteris 'Longwood Blue', Perovskia 'Blue Steel' and  Aster 'Little Carlow'. For sizzling fun you could create a hot border, intermingling them with Kniphofia 'Bee's Sunset', Helenium 'Potter's Wheel' or Helianthemum 'Fire Dragon'. Be sure to add some to your next cut arrangement!

Commonly known as Montbretia, they do their best when provided with good drainage, moderate moisture and some protection from hot afternoon sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

Dodge the Dog Days of summer….

with plants that pack a punch of blooms and alluring leaves at this time of year. By late August, our borders can look a tad tired and may be in need of some sprucing up. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will ensure late summer vitality. You can trim perennials, such as Nepetas and Geraniums, and savor their fresh new growth plus a flourish of blooms, often until the first frost! We hope some of the plants featured in this newsletter lift your spirits and maybe even inspire a little awe as summer wanes. 

All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging and good health.

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