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MRS. I. DE VER WARNER, 1920        Rarest
Preserved by a Kentucky farm family since the 1930s, this remarkable dahlia is hardy enough to survive most winters in the ground in mid-zone 6 and then bloom weeks before any other. A tall, lavender rose beauty, it came to us from 80-something Joyce Dowell who inherited it decades ago from her dahlia-loving grandmother, Fannie Williams. You can read their whole wonderful story here. Then plant this rare relic and when it blooms, remember Joyce and Fannie. 5-6”, 5-6’, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD52Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$39Limit 5, please.
NELLIE BROOMHEAD, 1897        Web-Only & Rarest
When a Japanese dahlia collector offered us this rare jewel, we were thrilled. Much like the old ‘Seven Sisters’ rose, it blooms with flowers ranging from almost white to vibrant rosy lavender. Praised and pictured in Gordon’s 1912 Dahlias, it’s the only one of hundreds in that classic book that still survives – and we have just 50 available this spring! Pompon, 3-4’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD32Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.50Limit 5, please.
NEPOS, 1958        Web-Only & Rarest
It may not be flashy or ancient, but this sublimely simple waterlily dahlia is one of the most beautiful flowers we’ve ever grown — yes, ever. Bred by the Lombaert brothers of Belgium, it’s a baby-fresh masterpiece of white, pink, and lavender, on a plant that’s not too tall, with wiry stems that practically beg you to cut them for bouquets. 4-6”, 3-4’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD70Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$72Limit 10, please.
In his celebrated poem “Pied Beauty,” Gerard Manley Hopkins praises all things dappled, stippled, brindled, and freckled — so you know he would have loved ‘Nonette’. Set against dark green leaves, its apricot petals are intricately speckled and streaked with burgundy for a look that’s as natural as a finch’s egg yet totally sumptuous. Wow! Waterlily, 4-6” 4-5’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD64Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
OLD GOLD, 1947        Rarest
Martha Stewart Living has featured this burnished beauty in the garden and stylish, hand-made vases of our good customer Frances Palmer. Brush-stroked with ruddy orange on amber, its flowers have a lively, almost flickering effect in the garden and improve any fall bouquet. 4-5”, 5-6’, from New Hampshire. Chart to compare.
SD43Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
Fringed dahlias like this glamorous lavender beauty are called “laciniated” in the US, “fimbriated” in England, but the French say it best: dentelle or lace-work dahlias. They first came into vogue in the ’50s, and ‘Popular Guest’ — with its echoes of Sputnik lamps and starburst Formica — has a mid-century vibe that’s enduringly cool. 4-6”, 4-5’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD65Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
PREFERENCE, 1955        Rarest & New
The blooms of this peachy-pink, semi-cactus dahlia are just the right size for bouquets, and its intriguingly dark stems add to its appeal both as a cut-flower and in the garden. It’s also a personal favorite of Vanessa, our VP for Bulbs, who urges you to give it a try! Semi-cactus, 3-5”, 4’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD79Add to basket:1/$83/$225/$34.5010/$6425/$144
PRINCE NOIR, 1954        Rarest
Tall, dark, and handsome, this ‘Black Prince’ offers up armful after armful of ruffled, semi-cactus blooms of deep, dark burgundy that are just the right size for bouquets. (Try it with ‘Andries Orange’, if you dare.) We grow lots of great dahlias here, but this one seems to be on everybody’s list of favorites. Reintroduced by us in 2004 from the UK National Collection. 4-5”, 5-6’, heat-tolerant, now grown in Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD37Add to basket:1/$9.503/$265/$4110/$7625/$171
PRINCESSE LOUISE DE SUEDE, 1947        Web-Only & Rarest
Only 35 available this spring! Chic, sophisticated ‘Princess Louise of Sweden’ offers 4-inch flowers of a tantalizing color that’s hard to describe: maybe frosted coral? It’s not orange, not pink, not rose, but if you blended all three together and added a bit of mist, you’d be close. For added elegance, its petal tips seem dipped in silver, more on some flowers, less on others. Very cool! Formal decorative, 4’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD38Add to basket:1/$10.503/$28.50Limit 3, please.
PRINZESSIN IRENE VON PREUSSEN, 1912        Web-Only & Rarest
We rediscovered ‘Prinzessin Irene’ in Germany and fell in love at first bloom. With a heart of gold and fewer, longer petals than most modern dahlias, it has a serene, languid look that’s charmingly antique. Try it paired with soul-mate ‘Jersey’s Beauty’ — ahhhhh! Formal decorative, 4-5”, 4-5’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD57Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
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