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.
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.
Size: 3' 0" high x 12" – 16" wide.