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RADIANCE, 1958        New
Although soft baby pink when it first opens, this 1950s classic quickly matures into a vivid, vibrant, and vivacious rose-pink highlighted with silver. It somehow manages to combine the sweetness of an 8-year-old girl with the elegance of a night on the town, and it absolutely pops in the garden and bouquets. Cactus, 5-6”, 4-5’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD77Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
SELLWOOD GLORY, 1951        Rarest
Dramatic ‘Sellwood Glory’ is an almost black and white ensemble of silvery petals thickly brushed with deep, dark raisin-purple. Though it hails originally from the historic Sellwood neighborhood of Portland, Oregon, it had all but disappeared from US gardens till we reintroduced it from the British National Collection in 2008. (Read its full story here.) Formal decorative, 8-10”, 3-4’, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD58Add to basket:1/$10.503/$28.505/$4510/$8425/$189
STOLZ VON BERLIN, 1884        Rarest
Charmingly antique, ‘Pride of Berlin’ has plump, lavender-pink flowers that nod ever so slightly, like a demure Victorian fraulein. When it was introduced in 1884, Germany was a hotbed for exciting new dahlias, and since 1897 it’s been lovingly preserved by the venerable Deutsche Dahlien, Fuchsien, und Gladiolen Gesellschaft. Ball, 2-2½”, 3-4’, grown for us exclusively in Holland. Chart to compare.
SD19Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
SURPRISE, 1955
One of our biggest dahlias, summery ‘Surprise’ offers 8-10 inches of informal, incurving, semi-cactus petals of soft, luminous peach, yellow, and rose that almost seem to wriggle in delight. Although a bit of a late bloomer, it’s always worth the wait. 5-6’, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD29Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
THOMAS EDISON, 1929
This velvety classic is still the truest deep purple of all dahlias, a color that photos can’t quite capture but that modern breeders envy. It was “named for the famous Electrical Wizard with his approval,” according to the L.L. Old’s catalog of 1939. Grow it and we think you’ll agree — it’s electrifying! Formal decorative, 6-8”, 3-4’, heat-tolerant, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD05Add to basket:1/$6.503/$185/$2810/$5225/$117
TSUKI YORI NO SHISHA, 1953
The deeply fringed petals of this big, spectacular dahlia give it an otherworldly air, which is fitting since its name means “Messenger from the Moon” (the title of an enormously popular Japanese novel). When we look at it, though, we see Fourth of July sparklers and big shaggy dogs. What will you — or your kids or grandkids — see? Free-blooming, laciniated, 5-8”, 3-4’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD62Add to basket:1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
UNION JACK, 1882
This candy-cane striped dahlia is one of the world’s oldest, according to the late Gerry Weland of the ADS who compiled a database of 50,000 dahlias dating back to the early 1800s. Also known as ‘Star of Denmark’, it’s bright and cheery, with pinwheel-like flowers of red and white. One caveat, though: its stems, like those of its wild ancestors, are lax. 3”, 2-3’, heat-tolerant, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD30Add to basket:1/$83/$225/$34.5010/$6425/$144
WHITE ASTER, 1879        Rarest
This is the world’s oldest surviving garden dahlia. (Do you need to know more?) With fresh green foliage and hundreds of small, ivory globes — each touched in the center with a bit of honey, or sunshine? — it has all the pristine, elemental beauty of a newborn baby. Preserved by a German nursery that has specialized in dahlias for close to a century, it’s a timeless classic. 1-2”, 3-4’, from New Hampshire. Chart to compare.
SD10Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
WISCONSIN RED, 1910?        Rarest
This striking family heirloom with it’s ruby flowers on dark stems is SO easy to grow and store that it’s been a pass-along plant in Wisconsin since the early 1900s. We got our start from our friend Vytas Virkau who got it from Catherine Becker of Wausaukee who’d been growing it since the 1940s. Then we met Brenda and John Hagman whose family has been passing it down since 1910 or before — or so it seems. Learn more here, or just plant it and join the tradition! Ball, 3”, 4-5’, heat-tolerant, grown for us in Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD63Add to basket:1/$8.253/$22.505/$35.5010/$6625/$149
YORK AND LANCASTER, 1915?        Rarest
The history of this intriguing dahlia is a mystery. One British expert told us it was rediscovered in a chateau garden and dated to 1915. Another said he saw it growing in a rural hamlet near Lyon and it dated to the 1850s. We’ll keep researching its past, but one thing for certain is its garden appeal. Every flower is different. A few open deep red, a few pearly white, but most are an unpredictable mix of both colors — très intéressant! Ball, 3”, 4-5’, grown for us in Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD61Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
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