Dahlia

Cultivated by the Aztecs before Cortez’s arrival, introduced to Europe in 1784 and named after Andreas Dahl, a student of Carl Linnaeus, these Mexican and Central American natives have a fascinating past. Promising stylish pizazz for today’s landscape, the following new Dutch introductions stem from the widely popular “Bishop” series, which originated in the 1920s.

Long blooming and fantastic as cut flowers, Dahlias favor moist well-drained bright abodes and require deadheading, regular feeding and frost protection. If the tubers are grown in a garden bed, they should be lifted and dried before the first hard freeze, stored throughout the winter and planted outside after frosty nights have subsided, or remain in sheltered containers until warmer weather arrives.

Opulent color is this glamorous Dahlia’s calling card. Like a cherry-laced dark chocolate bar, ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ seduces us with lavish Peony-like dark red blooms above a sumptuous strong growing mound of deeply lobed, dark bronzy purple foliage. Surround with Kniphofia ‘Bee’s Sunset’ or Crocosmia ‘Mistral’ and a summer-time celebration of sizzling flowers are yours for the viewing.

Blooms July–October

Size: 3' 0" high x 12" – 16" wide.

Zone 7b/8.

Flaunting the same sensuous purplish black-flushed foliage as our other “Bishop” series selection, this vigorous Dahlia’s upright and compact leafy clump becomes a rich dark backdrop for perfectly round bright yellow flowers infused with a touch of orange. A one-man show, ‘Bishop of York’s dynamic contrasting colors inject compelling accents to a container, cottage garden or a more formal venue.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 3' 0" high x 12" – 16" wide.

Zone 7b/8.

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Helianthus 'Sheila's Sunshine', Persicaria 'Summer Dance', and Selinum wallichianum

Helianthus ‘Sheila’s Sunshine - P-0461

The sunflower was once an emblem of the Sun God of the Incas. Our sunflowers tolerate a wide range of garden soils, attract bees, and make great cut flowers. Blooms early August – October.

Persicaria ‘Summer Dance’ - P-1312

With foliage that’s close to lime-green, and spiky floral tails that approach the scarlet spectrum of rosy pink, this slow spreading perennial is sure to please. Happiest in semishade with ample moisture. Blooms August–November.

Selinum wallichianum - P-1406

This refined Himalayan beauty happens to be one of our favorite perennial umbellifers. With untold elegance, infinitely divided leaves craft a delicate, lacelike transparency. The compact yet airy green canopy is framed by distinctive, purple-infused branching stems that elevate a charming, late season display of white flattened umbels.

Subduing the riotous array of summertime blooms, it seldom needs staking, and appreciates a well draining moist niche. Blooms June–August.

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