KLANKSTAD KERKRADE, 1954        
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”, 3-5’, semi-cactus, from Holland. Last offered in 2016. We may offer it again someday. Please subscribe to our newsletter for an alert when we do.
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”, 4-5’, heat-tolerant, from Holland. Last offered in 2016. We may offer it again someday. Please subscribe to our newsletter for an alert when we do.
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. Chart and care.
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”, 2-3’, from Holland. Last offered in 2015. We’re building up stock and plan to offer it again sometime in the future. Please subscribe to our newsletter for an alert when we do. Chart and care.
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. 3”, 2½-3’, semi-double, grown for us in Holland. Unfortunately this unique dahlia multiplies so slowly that it was one of our “last chance” dahlias in spring 2016, and we’re not planning to offer it again.
MATT ARMOUR, 1932        
With all the simplicity and charm of ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ and ‘Clair de Lune’, this wildflowery dahlia blooms like crazy — and the bees love it! First grown at Ireland’s romantic Glenveagh Castle, it’s named for the man who served there as head gardener for over 50 years. 2-3” 3-4’, from the UK National Collection and now Oregon. Last offered in spring 2007. We hope to offer it again someday. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter. Chart and care.
MRS. H. BROWN, 1947        
Is this the love-child of the great ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ and luminous ‘Clair de Lune’? Could be! Its abundant flowers are small enough to avoid being garish but brilliant enough — like tiny flames — to add a jolt of excitement to any garden or bouquet. 2-3”, 4-5’, re-introduced by us from the British National Collection, and grown for us now in Oregon. This was one of our “last chance” dahlias in spring 2013, and we’re not planning to offer it again. Sorry! Chart and care.
MRS. LE BOUTILLIER, 1934        
Big and sensual, that’s ‘Mrs. George le Boutillier’ (pronounce it “Booty-ay,” and don’t laugh). The backs of her lush, deep red petals are elegantly highlighted with gold. Though snooty gardeners may frown, if you give ‘Mrs. B’ a try we bet you’ll be amazed. 6-10”, 4-5’, from Oregon. This was one of our “last chance” dahlias in spring 2013, and we’re not planning to offer it again. Sorry! Chart and care.
NELLIE BROOMHEAD, 1897        
When a Japanese dahlia collector offered us this rare jewel, we were thrilled. Much like the old ‘Seven Sisters’ rose, it blooms with flowers ranging from almost white to vibrant rosy lavender. Praised and pictured in Gordon’s 1912 Dahlias, it’s the only one of hundreds in that classic book that still survives – and we have just 50 available this spring! Pompon, 3-4’, from Holland. Last offered in 2016. We may offer it again someday. Please subscribe to our newsletter for an alert when we do.
NEPOS, 1958        Rarest
It may not be flashy or ancient, but this sublimely simple waterlily dahlia is one of the most beautiful flowers we’ve ever grown – yes, ever. Bred by the Lombaert brothers of Belgium, it’s a baby-fresh masterpiece of pink, white, and lavender, on a plant that’s not too tall, with wiry stems that practically beg you to cut them for bouquets. 4-6”, 3-4’, from Holland. Last offered in 2015. We’re building up stock and plan to offer it again sometime in the future. Please subscribe to our newsletter for an alert when we do. Chart and care.
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