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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 & care.
SD-65
1/$7.50
3/$20.50
5/$32.50
10/$60
25/$135
PREFERENCE, 1955        Rarest
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 & care.
SD-79
1/$8
3/$22
5/$34.50
10/$64
25/$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 & care.
SD-37
1/$9.50
3/$26
5/$41
10/$76
25/$171
PRINZESSIN IRENE VON PREUSSEN, 1912        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 & care.
SD-57
1/$9
3/$24.50
5/$39
10/$72
25/$162
RADIANCE, 1958        
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 & care.
SD-77
1/$7.50
3/$20.50
5/$32.50
10/$60
25/$135
ROSEMARY WEBB, 1956        
It’s Back! The peony-like flowers of this blissful dahlia open pale, primrose yellow and then mature to apple-blossom pink, giving you a bouquet of colors on every plant. They’re just the right size to pick for bouquets, too, and they bloom so abundantly you’ll never miss the ones you cut. Waterlily, 4-5”, just 3-4’ tall, from New Hampshire. Chart & care.
SD-75
1/$9.50
3/$26
5/$41
10/$76
25/$171
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 & care.
SD-05
1/$6.50
3/$18
5/$28
10/$52
25/$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 & care.
SD-62
1/$7.50
3/$20.50
5/$32.50
10/$60
25/$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 & care.
SD-30
1/$8
3/$22
5/$34.50
10/$64
25/$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”, 3-5’, from New Hampshire. Chart & care.
SD-10
1/$8.50
3/$23.50
5/$36.50
10/$68
25/$153
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