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Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene

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A great ball of fire in the garden, this dahlia has rich yellow-gold petals with red tips and perfect flower form. These tubers produce a magnificent color combination.

Zones 2 - 10
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Extended Blooms
Extended Blooms
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 32-36" tall
Bulb Spacing1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Size Bag of 3
SKU 21DAHL3

Plant Information

The hybrids in Dinnerplate Dahlias keep getting better and better. Note the perfect form of the petals on this beauty, and of course, the magnificent color combination. A great ball of fire in the garden.

Why Gardeners love Dahlias (See combination photo below.) Dahlias are one of the most rewarding summer flowers of all. They're really easy to grow with spectacular results. If you know them, you know all about it. If you don't, here is the information you need. Prepare to become 'hooked.'

First of all, Dahlias are great for cutting, as you can see in the large top photo of an arrangement showing a lavish deep red dahlia right next to a large, voluptuous rose.

Dahlias are native to Mexico, but there's about as much resemblance between the original and the Dutch hybrids as there is between an old toy car and a brand new Mercedes. Dahlias for today's gardeners offer a really big gardening treat.

The 'bulbs' are actually tubers, and look a lot like peony roots--sort of like a bunch of carrots. The plants grow quickly and some grow quite tall, always with lush deep green foliage.

Types of Dahlias. These plants have been hybridized into various heights from short bedding plants to tall bushy ones. But they are officially categorized by flower type or shape. The term, 'Dinnerplate Dahlia' is probably the most famous description, and though all gardeners use the term, it is not an official classification. 'Dinnerplates' are, simply put, the large plants with the huge flowers. The always-double flowers are up to 8", sometimes a whopping 10" across, so the name makes sense.

Dahlia DetailsPhotos A and C are examples of Dinnerplate Dahlias. As you can see, they come in both solids and bi-colors.
Photo B
shows a whole border of tall dahlias in the garden.

Here are the official classifications:

'Decorative Dahlias' This group includes the Dinnerplates and also other taller (to 4 ft.) plants with double, chrysanthemum-like flowers. The famous 'Shogun Dahlias' are as tall as Decoratives, but have very heavy bloom of smaller bi-colored flowers for gardeners who want a large bushy plant covered with color.

'Cactus Dahlias' are the ones with the cactus-like blooms, often in super-bright bi-colors, always with the rolled, pointed petals. Like other groups, Cactus Dahlias can be of various heights, as long as they have 'cactus' flowers.

'Gallery Dahlias' are a newer group of shorter plants with flower-types of the Decoratives and Cactus groups. The Gallery group is named with terms from the art world including famous artists' names.

'Butterfly' or 'Impression Dahlias' are what the Dutch call 'bedding dahlias. They stay short, and are perfect for pots or borders. The names in this group all begin with 'F' like 'Futuro' and 'Fantastico'. The flowers are wide-open and daisy-like for a really colorful display of their brilliant hues. If well cared-for, watered, and dead-headed, they bloom constantly all season, making great masses of color.

There are other groups such as 'Ball Dahlias' and 'Pom Pom Dahlias' with spherical blooms, 'Colarette Dahlias' with uneven rows of petals creating a 'collar' effect--the varieties go on and on. Growing all of them is essentially the same, and best of all, it's easy.

Growing Dahlias: All the gardener needs to do is plant the tubers after spring frosts in good garden soil with full sun. It's best to position them against a wall or be ready to stake them, since they are brittle, and must be protected from high winds. (If you've grown perennial Delphiniums, the plant size and growth is similar, but success with Dahlias is much easier.) Keep them free of bugs, well-watered, and well-fertilized as they grow, and your dahlias will begin to set buds by midsummer and be in full bloom, usually during July or August. Then the huge flowers keep coming until frost.

When frost threatens, just pull the roots up, cut off the stems, and store the tubers until the following spring. Each fall, you'll be amazed how the 'bulbs' have multiplied during the summer, giving you more and more to divide and enjoy the next year.

One expert has said, 'Never have so many gardeners received so much for so little work, as when they grow dahlias.''

SKU 21DAHL3
Common Name Decorative Dinnerplate Dahlia
Botanical Name Dahlia
Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Yellow
Mature Height 32-36" tall
Bulb Spacing 1 bulb / tuber per sq. ft.
Planting Depth Bulbs/Tubers should be planted 1" to 2" below the soil line.
Bloom Time Mid summer until frost
Plant Type / Life Cycle Annual
Flower Size Up to 6 inch flowers
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Acidic Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Easy to Grow, Cut Flowers, Extended Blooms
Additional Information Hardy in zones 8-10
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals Tubers and leaves are toxic if eaten in large amounts.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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American MeadowsDinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene
 
4.3

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Accurate instructions (7)
  • Attractive (5)
  • Healthy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (5)
  • Outdoors (4)
  • Cut flowers (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (3), Getting started (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wonderful

This is one of my new favorites. I was expecting a yellow flower with a hint of red. This is more red with a hint of yellow although just as or if not more...Read complete review

This is one of my new favorites. I was expecting a yellow flower with a hint of red. This is more red with a hint of yellow although just as or if not more beautiful. I love it.
The plants are thriving very well as always from American Meadows. Colors seemed to be reversed but stunning either way!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I will try this one again

The bloom on this one is beautiful. However there haven't been many (2) and the plant seems now (late August) to be dying. There are several more buds so l'll see if...Read complete review

The bloom on this one is beautiful. However there haven't been many (2) and the plant seems now (late August) to be dying. There are several more buds so l'll see if they bloom or just wither and die. I will try these bulbs again, maybe it was just a bad bunch, because the bloom is very large and absolutely gorgeous!!

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5.0

love dahlia

By 

from Central Indiana

About Me Avid Gardener

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Attractive
  • Gorgeous
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

    Dahlias have been one of my favorite flowers for many years. I just haven't been able to store them over the winter. I bought one last year, and with vigilance I was able to keep it over the winter. So, this year I purchases more from American Meadows. I could not have a more beautiful garden. These flowers are large, plentiful, and long lasting. They do need to be staked up; but I have a neighbor with bamboo and she provides free stakes! The butterflies, bees and hummingbirds are everywhere. Hoping I can keep these tubers over this winter.

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    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Dahlias galore

    By 

    from Ottertail,mn

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions

    Cons

    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

    Needs to be staked

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    • Personal
     
    3.0

    anemic performer

    By 

    from Columbia, MO

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions

    Cons

    • Small In Size

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

    All the dahlias that I planted survived, but they were very slow to grow compared to varieties I have planted in the past. I am used to big, exuberant plants but that was not true of the ones I received this spring.

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    • Personal
     
    3.0

    I will try this one again

    By 

    from Warwick, RI

    About Me Getting Started

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive

    Cons

    • Pests & Disease

    Best Uses

    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

    The bloom on this one is beautiful. However there haven't been many (2) and the plant seems now (late August) to be dying. There are several more buds so l'll see if they bloom or just wither and die. I will try these bulbs again, maybe it was just a bad bunch, because the bloom is very large and absolutely gorgeous!!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    4.0

    Burst of Sun

    By 

    from Central PA

    About Me Avid Gardener

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

    • 5 Out Of 6 Germination
    • I Later Germination
    • Need Strong 6 Ft Stakes

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors
    • Patio

    Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

    Dedicated Flower Beds

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
     
    5.0

    Conversation Piece

    By 

    from Los Altos, CA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Huge blooms
    • Huge Plants

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Specimen plant

      Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

      I planted these next to a patio as a focal point. The plants and the blooms are huge! They will definitely steal the show, so plant them where they can be enjoyed on their own. One stalk got so heavy with blooms, it fell out of it's support while I was on vacation. I cut all the flowers, put them in a very large vase, and created a bouquet that was the talk of the dinner party. Very fun!

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Stunning

      By 

      from West Newbury, MA

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Brilliant colors
      • Cut Flower
      • Easy to Grow

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cut flowers

        Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

        I originally confused this with kogana fabuki and thought the color was too light. I was disappointed. I may have actually wrote a review. Much to my surprise this came up later and it is a show stopper. The colors a very bright which is what I wanted. I wanted my garden to be red/yellow this year and this dahlia was perfect. The colors blend beautiful red/yellow . I am often asked if t is real when part of arrangement. You won't be disappointed with this one.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wonderful

        By 

        from West Newbury, Ma

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

        This is one of my new favorites. I was expecting a yellow flower with a hint of red. This is more red with a hint of yellow although just as or if not more beautiful. I love it.
        The plants are thriving very well as always from American Meadows. Colors seemed to be reversed but stunning either way!

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene

        By 

        from Mount Sinai, NY

        Pros

        • Continuous Bloomer
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Flower was more red
        • Small dinnerplate flower

        Best Uses

        • Cut flowers
        • Garden tall plant

        Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

        Backdrop in garden good height.

        Multiple Blooms, long lasting blooms

        Colores were not as expected. I thought I was getting a mostly yellow flower with red trim. Instead the flowers was red with just a hint of yellow toward the very center.

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fun and vibrant

        By 

        from Bensalem

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Excellent petal coloratio
        • Long Bloom Time
        • Reliable Growth
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cut Flowers
          • Large Areas

          Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

          These were a great choice for a full sun location. I planted with stakes as advised and watched the growth to keep the plant supported. Not much to ask for such large, lovely flowers. I am excited about re-planting these next year along with more dahlias. I have gotten many compliments from neighbors, friends and family on these plants!

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Flagship of the Dahlia section

          By 

          from Central, Wisconsin

          About Me Getting Started

          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive

          Cons

          • Hybrids don't grow as wel

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

          Seems like the best loved flowers are the hardest to grow in any quantity.

          Be sure to give this one some room although in general Dahlias like crowed areas next to their bretheren.

          Starting this one early inside this year to give it a fighting chance against the less desireables.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful color

          By 

          from Cazenovia, NY

          About Me Getting Started

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Healthy
          • Versatile

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Garden
          • Patio

          Comments about American Meadows Dinnerplate Dahlia Lady Darlene:

          I love this flower and just can't wait to grow more.

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          • Personal

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