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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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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.

COS23Add to basket:1/$37.502/$723/$103Limit 3, please.
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.

COS30Add to basket:1/$23.502/$453/$64Limit 3, please.
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.
SD44Add to basket:1/$9.753/$26.505/$4210/$7825/$176
ARAB QUEEN, 1949        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/$225/$34.5010/$6425/$144
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/$8.753/$245/$37.5010/$7025/$158
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. Chart to compare.
SD01Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
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.
SD41Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
BONNE ESPERANCE, 1948        New
Here’s a sweet little classic for pots or the front of a sunny border. Just 12-18 inches tall, ‘Good Hope’ is loaded all summer with 2-3 inch, rosy pink flowers, each a single row of petals around a cheerful yellow button-eye. Nothing could be simpler, or prettier — and the bees will thank you for it, too. Chart to compare.
SD16Add to basket:1/$6.503/$185/$2810/$5225/$117
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/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
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