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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.

<i>Dahlia</i> ‘Bishop of Llandaff’

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.

Inclusive to the Dutch Bishop series, this must-have, Paeony-style Dahlia sprouts mahogany-colored stems dressed with pinnately divided raisin-purple foliage. Multitudes of single, 4 in. coppery orange flowers unfurl for months, casting a bodacious splash upon the rich glistening foliage. ‘Bishop of Oxford’ can be premiered in terra cotta pots, mixed plantings and cottage gardens, while its flashy aspect entices florists, pollinators and daring gardeners.

Blooms July–October

Size: 3' 0" high x 12" – 16" wide.

Zone 7b/8.

<i>Dahlia</i> ‘Bishop Of York’

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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During the month of July, gardeners sometimes wonder how they can perk up their summer gardens. Sunshine-hued blooms, golden leaves and crisp white flowers lend lively accents. They can be sprinkled amid a mixed border, perennial bed or other plantings, melding well with flowers that include a broad color spectrum from blue-violet to purple and lilac, as well as clear pink and darker rose hues.  

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