Hardiness & Climate

Average Annual Minimum Temperature Range per Zone
ZoneTemperature Range
Zone 2-50° to -40°
Zone 3-40° to -30°
Zone 4-30° to -20°
Zone 5-20° to -10°
Zone 6-10° to 0°
Zone 70° to 10°
Zone 810° to 20°
Zone 920° to 30°
USDA Hardiness Zone Map

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 Zones 8 and 9 (according to the USDA 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.

USDA 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.

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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.

Bloom Times

The months stated represent the approximate flowering times for each plant. These may vary depending on your specific environmental conditions.

Plant Containers

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.

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Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Current Staff's Favorite Plant

Our featured plant: Crocosmia x crocosmiiflora ‘Honey Angels’

Colorful Crocosmias, Be Awed by your August garden, Saturday Strolls!

Click here to view our Late August 2019 Newsletter!

Colorful Crocosmias!

Crocosmias pack a punch of late summer color as our gardens transition into autumn. Their clustered tubular flowers populate the ends of gracefully arching spikes, which emerge from handsome sword-like foliage. Ranging from yellow, peach and orange to fiery red, their prismatic shades look exceptional with white flowering perennials such as Phlox ‘David’, Selinum wallichianum and Aster ‘Bridal Veil’, as well as the blue blossoms of Aconitum, Agapanthus ‘Storm Cloud’ or Aster ‘Twilight’. For fun you could create a hot border, blending them with Kniphofia, Helenium, Salvia and even other Crocosmia, plus be sure to include some in your next bouquet. Commonly referred to as Montbretia and hardy to Zone 6, they appreciate, good drainage, adequate water and some shade in scorching summer sun. Please feel free to check out our extensive collection of Crocosmia cultivars in the perennial section of our online catalog.

YES, it’s possible to be in awe of your late August garden….

At this point in the season, some areas in our gardens may appear a tad worn or lackluster. If you haven’t already done so, you may wish to cut back a few tired looking perennials, such as the Nepetas or Geraniums, so you can enjoy a fresh flourish of growth plus more blooms. Adequate moisture and an additional application of compost will also ensure late summer vigor. Incorporating plants that provide a bounty of flowers and alluring leaves in August and September helps buoy our spirits, and hopefully even inspire a little awe as we approach fall. Though the plants featured in this newsletter either promote a bold statement or possess more refined aspects, they equally caught my eye and made me pause to take a closer look. Perhaps they’ll spark a wondrous moment for you as well. All of us Digging Dog plant wranglers wish you Happy Digging!

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