Though preservation is our mission, bulbs drop out of our catalog every year.

Sometimes it’s because the harvest was too small. Sometimes it’s because they’re widely available elsewhere and don’t need our help. And sometimes it’s because we’ve lost our only known source due to severe weather (cold, drought, etc.), health problems (a debilitating stroke), or economic woes (small farmers are always at risk).

The good news is that, in time, we’re often able to return these bulbs to our catalog. So here’s a list of many we’ve offered in the past. For an alert the moment they’re available again, subscribe to our free email newsletter. Or to find a similar bulb, try our easy Advanced Bulb Search.

Fall-planted:     Crocus       Daffodils       Hyacinths       Lilies       Peonies       Tulips       Diverse

Spring-planted:     Cannas       Dahlias       Daylilies       Gladiolus       Iris       Diverse

ARUBANITA, 1956        
Care-free and bright, this happy little dahlia may well remind you of vacationing in sunny Aruba. (It’s named for a popular 1950s dance tune by the composer of Aruba’s national anthem.) It came to us from France where it’s still a great favorite, and we’ve been loving its abundant, classic, ruby-red blossoms in our trial garden and bouquets. 4-5” 4-5 feet tall, from Oregon. Last offered in spring 2006. We may offer it again someday.
BETTY ANNE, 1928        
This lovely, 79-year-old pompon is an old-fashioned, old-rose pink, a “colonial” pastel that would have been oh-so stylish in 1930s cottage gardens. Try it paired with white Japanese anemones and purple New England asters — lovely! 1-2” 3-4’, from Oregon. Last offered in spring 2008. Available elsewhere.
BLUE DANUBE, 1948        
It’s not really blue, of course, but this intriguing dahlia is bluer than virtually any other. It’s a distinct, pearly, not-quite-lilac shade that has an almost unearthly glow about it in the soft light of early evening — perfect for enjoying as you relax at the end of a long hard day. Aka ‘Bonny Blue’, re-introduced from the UK National Collection, 3-4”, 4-5’, grown for us in Oregon. This was one of our “last chance” dahlias in spring 2013, and we’re not planning to offer it again.
G.F. HEMERICK, 1936        
Just the right size to tuck into containers, small gardens, or the front of perennials, this happy little dwarf offers non-stop flowers of tawny orange. Next to purple flowers or bronze foliage, it’s magic. 2-3” 16-18 inches tall, from Oregon. Last offered in spring 2008. We may offer it again periodically.
GIRAFFE, 1940        
‘Giraffe’ is not just weird, it’s wonderful. Its unruly, golden petals twist and fold forward to reveal back sides barred with bronze. Some see giraffes, others orchids or ocelots, but everyone agrees it’s not like any other dahlia — and very cool. Cut a few for a vase so you can enjoy its rich complexity up close. 4” 3-4’, from Oregon. Last offered in spring 2009. Though ‘Giraffe’ is a very interesting flower, it’s not a strong grower and we don’t plan to offer it again.
HOCKLEY MAROON, 1935        
The dark, velvety petals of this sophisticated little dahlia curl back to form an almost perfect globe, like a shimmering drop of sherry. Long-lasting in both the garden and bouquets, it’s stunning with our ‘Rubrum’ lilies, blue salvia, and lime-green Nicotiana langsdorfii — or all alone in a simple bud vase. 3-4”, 4’, from Oregon. This was one of our “last chance” dahlias in spring 2013, and we’re not planning to offer it again.
JERSEY’S BEAUTY, 1923        
Once the world’s most popular dahlia – the one even non-gardeners knew by name – this glorious, true pink, New Jersey native is still amazing. Tall and vigorous, it will give you more of its sublimely simple flowers in late summer and fall than you can find a vase for. We’re proud to have re-introduced it to American gardens, and we urge you to give it a chance to show you why it was once such a big deal. 4-6”, 6-7’, formal decorative, from New Hampshire. Last offered in spring 2015. Our New Hampshire grower is increasing his stock and we hope to offer it again in the future. Please check back or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
KISMET, 1932        
Like sand dunes aglow with the rosy light of dawn, the ethereal color of this stunning dahlia is NOT pink (no matter what our photo suggests), NOT bronze (as the ADS classifies it), but wonderfully, shimmeringly, mysteriously both. It blooms like crazy, too, and its form is perfection. No wonder our staff loves it! 6-8” 4-5’, from Oregon. Last offered in spring 2007. We hope to offer it again someday. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
LOIS WALCHER, 1958        
From the British National Collection of Dahlias, this big, poofy, flower has purple petals tipped with white, giving it a festive, almost spotted look. And who was ‘Lois Walcher’? Mr. Walcher bred the flower, so: wife? daughter? mother? sister? Definitely someone special! 5’, from Oregon. Last offered in spring 2004. We may offer it again someday.
MADAME STAPPERS, 1947        
Our photos don’t show you the best thing about ‘Madame Simone Stappers’ — it grows as a dense, rounded, all but self-supporting mound about 2½ feet tall that looks more like a small shrub or a peony than a dahlia. With dark-chocolate foliage and radiant blooms, it’s stunning in perennial borders — or try one in a big beautiful pot. Preserved by the British National Collection, 3”, 2½’-3’, semi-double, from Holland. Although we hope to offer this rarity again for spring 2016 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until after the harvest this fall. Please check back or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
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