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KLANKSTAD KERKRADE, 1954        Rarest
No matter how small your garden is, this compact dahlia with its bouquet-sized poofs of soft, primrose yellow will make you glad you planted it. We love its weird name, too. Klankstad means “Sound City” and Kerkrade is the Dutch town that in 1951 launched what has become the world’s greatest band festival. 3-4”, 3’, semi-cactus, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD68Add to basket:1/$8.503/$23.505/$36.5010/$6825/$153
LAVENDER CHIFFON, 1957        Rarest
Cool, man, cool! From the year that brought us Old Yeller, “Wake Up Little Susie,” and the coolest Chevy ever comes this enduring New Zealand classic. With its rippling, snow-white petals blushed with rosy lavender, it may remind you of sea anemones on a coral reef — or senior prom? 4-6”, 4-6’, semi-cactus, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD69Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
LAVENGRO, 1953        Rarest
This big, romantic dahlia is still winning so many blue ribbons almost 60 years after it was introduced that the ADS rates it a “Cream of the Crop” dahlia. Its unusual name is the title of a wildly popular Victorian travel-adventure about life among the gypsies. (When we tried reading it, we discovered we like the dahlia a lot better.) 6-10”, 4’, heat-tolerant, from Holland. Chart to compare.
SD48Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
LITTLE BEESWINGS, 1909
Over a decade ago when we asked in the ADS Bulletin if anyone grew this relic, we heard from just one person, David Murphy. He eventually sent his entire stock to us with a note: “In recognition of your efforts to preserve old dahlias. Their survival now rests in your hands.” Will you help? Lively and cute, ‘Little Beeswings’ produces an abundance of yellow pompons tipped with flame-red. It’s a fine keeper, too, so you’ll soon have extras to pass along, as David did. 1-2”, 3’, heat-tolerant, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD31Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
LUTT WICHEN, 1941        Rarest
This unusual dwarf could almost be called a ground-cover dahlia. Barely 2 feet tall, it spreads out to make a dense, self-supporting plant 3 feet wide or more — which makes it great for pots, too. Abundant gardenia-like flowers glow against deep green foliage. Its name — often misspelled Leutwitchen — seems to honor Germany’s Little Wichen mountain, but if you can tell us more, please do! Waterlily, 3”, 2’, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD71Add to basket:1/$93/$24.505/$3910/$7225/$162
MISS ROSE FLETCHER, 1948        New
This angelically soft pink sunburst would be perfect for a frothy Sweet-16 party, a summer wedding, a pastel cottage garden, or (best of all) a simple vase on your desk or kitchen counter from August till frost. Australian-bred, it was introduced to great acclaim shortly after WWII, a peaceful beauty for a new age. 4-6” 4’, from Oregon. Chart to compare.
SD18Add to basket:1/$83/$225/$34.5010/$6425/$144
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/$3910/$7225/$162
NONETTE, 1958
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
POPULAR GUEST, 1957
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
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