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WHY DAHLIAS? They get better and better in late summer and autumn when many plants are fading. They come in lush colors and astonishing forms. And the more you cut them for bouquets, the more they bloom.

DAHLIA HISTORY – Dahlias were brought into gardens by the Aztecs, and first bloomed in Europe in 1789. For more, click here.

TIPS – Dahlias prefer full sun and summers that aren’t too hot. No, you don’t HAVE to dig and store them. To learn more, click here.

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ENDLESS BOUQUETS        Sampler
For fresh, fabulous, long-lasting bouquets at a price you can’t beat, pick your own! We’ll send 3 of our favorite, not-too-big, bouquet-sized dahlias, all different, labeled, and easy to grow. The more you pick them, the more they’ll bloom!

For zones 4a-7b(9bWC) only.

COS30SOLD OUT1/$23.502/$453/$644/$835/$101
DREAMY DAHLIAS        Sampler
Easy to grow and amazingly diverse, dahlias will light up your late summer and fall garden and give you tons of bouquets. We’ll send you 5 of our favorites, all different, labeled, and fabulous. Sample some excitement!

For zones 4a-7b(9bWC) only.

COS23SOLD OUT1/$362/$693/$98.504/$1275/$155
ANDRIES’ ORANGE, 1936        Rarest
Simple yet extraordinary, this charming dahlia became an instant staff favorite when it first bloomed here — and bloomed and bloomed and bloomed. A clear, companionable orange, bright yet never glaring, and with 3-4 inch, semi-cactus flowers on wiry stems, it’s a flower arranger’s delight. Its full Flemish name, ‘Andries Oranje As’, honors a Jazz Age liqueur from the small Belgian town of As. 3-5’, reintroduced by us from the UK National Collection, now from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD44SOLD OUT1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
ARAB QUEEN, 1949        Web-Only & Rarest
With swirling petals of apricot, bronze, yellow, pink, and orange, this exuberant, post-war beauty may remind you of a windblown flurry of autumn leaves. And it’s big, up to 9-12 inches across. No wonder the experts at both Garden Gate and Gardening How-To magazines have recommended it so highly. 4-5’, from New Hampshire. Chart to compare.
SD40Add to basket:1/$83/$22Limit 3, please.
ATROPURPUREA, 1789        Rarest
In the beginning, there was Dahlia atropurpurea. With lacy foliage and profuse, single flowers, it’s the dark maroon form of D. pinnata, one of the first three wild dahlias to reach Europe from Mexico. Although its offspring soon left it in the dust, it’s handsome enough to earn a place in any garden — and will give you a refreshing new perspective on the spectacular diversity of dahlias today. 3”, 4-5’, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD55Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
BISHOP OF LLANDAFF, 1927
Dark-leaved dahlias are hot these days, thanks to this inspiring original. With cut-leaf, burgundy-bronze foliage and glowing scarlet, almost-single flowers sparked by a ring of vivid yellow stamens, ‘Bishop’ has starred at Wave Hill, Heronswood, the Denver Botanic Garden — and here. How can you garden another summer without growing it yourself? 3”, 4-5’, heat-tolerant, from Holland. (For another great dark-leaved dahlia, see Madame Stappers.) Chart to compare.
SD01Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
BLOODSTONE, 1939        Rarest
Named for an ancient gemstone famed for its medicinal and magic powers (learn more), this knockout blooms more profusely than any dahlia we’ve ever grown, with small, elegant flowers of dark, luminous red set against deep green leaves. Photos can only hint at its excellence — prepare to be wowed! 3”, 4-6’, from heat-tolerant, Oregon. Chart to compare. You might also like ‘Wisconsin Red’.
SD41SOLD OUT1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
CLAIR DE LUNE, 1946        Rarest
As elegant and wildflowery as the great ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, this sublimely simple collarette dahlia is named for Debussy’s romantic ode to moonlight. With a single row of soft yellow outer petals, a frilly ruff of white inner petals, and an eye like a harvest moon, it’s strong-growing in the garden and blissful in bouquets. Fern-like green leaves, 3”, 3-4’, heat-tolerant, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD25Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
DEUIL DU ROI ALBERT, 1936
Still a popular favorite in Europe (and with us), “Dwee doo” is easy to grow and loaded with 4-6 inch flowers of royal purple tipped with white — sometimes more so, sometimes less — for an effect that’s surprisingly elegant. Albert, the beloved “people’s king” of Belgium, died in 1934, hence its decidedly antique name: “Mourning for King Albert.” Re-introduced by us in 2002 from the UK National Collection. 4-5’, 4-6”, heat-tolerant, from Oregon. You might also like ‘Thomas Edison’. Chart to compare.
SD26SOLD OUT1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
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