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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/$84Limit 10, please.
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.
SD19SOLD OUT1/$7.503/$20.505/$32.5010/$6025/$135
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
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
TOMMY KEITH, 1892        Web-Only & Rarest
Only 55 available this spring! This 120-year-old granddaddy is a pompon-like “fancy” dahlia of deep burgundy-red irregularly splashed with bits of white — like a sparkling garnet brooch or maybe a tiny, antique velvet sofa with lacy antimacassars. Reintroduced by us from the British National Collection of Dahlias. 1-2”, 3’, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD34Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.50Limit 5, please.
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
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/$35.50Limit 5, please.
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