dahlia divas in a vase on monday

Dahlias are the stars of the garden right now. I started mine late so they are just coming on. I fear they may not reach their peak in the race against frost. The pinky-apricot ones are ‘Karma Sangria’. The dark one, barely distinguishable from the Coleus foliage, is ‘Shadow Cat’. Someone with imagination came up with these Dahlia names (not the cringe-worthy handles we often run across).

Aster ‘Purple Dome’ joins the dark background. Yes, I know they are no longer “Asters” but I refuse to memorize the ridiculously long new designation.

There are a few wands of Liriope ‘Big Blue’ hiding in there and some foliage of Hypericum ‘Brigadoon’. For more vases on this Monday, visit Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.

27 thoughts on “dahlia divas in a vase on monday

  1. Love the yellow heart of this Dahlia, Ricki. The coleus create a nice contrast to the pink ‘cactus’ petals. Hope the frost holds off so that you can enjoy these beauties longer.

    • I planted this area with a definite color scheme in mind. The peachy co-stars are taking their own sweet time. Oh, the suspense! I’m pleading with Mr Frost to hold off a little longer.

  2. Love your choice of Dahlias; there are so many good ones but not all grow as well. I agree about the names, these are good. I also agree (although I probably shouldn’t) about the Aster name. Life just seems too short to have to begin to remember all these new names!

  3. And the coleus is no longer Solenostemon (it’s Plectranthus, believe it or not)! But I’m guessing that yours might still be ‘Henna’ which is one of my favourites. Gail at Clay and Limestone has dubbed Symphyotrichums “ex-asters”, which is how I refer to them all the time now. By the way, your arrangement is just beautiful.

  4. And the coleus is no longer Solenostemon (it’s Plectranthus, believe it or not)! But I’m guessing that yours might still be ‘Henna’ which is one of my favourites. Gail at Clay and Limestone has dubbed Symphyotrichums “ex-asters”, which is how I refer to them all the time now. By the way, your arrangement is just beautiful.

    • Impossible to keep up…”ex-asters” it is. Since I never learned the proper name for coleus, Plectranthus is something I can wrap my mind around. I think it’s much harder to unlearn these things. Thanks for the input.

  5. ‘Karma Sangria’ is a beautiful thing. Shadow Cat was really lurking in the shadows of the coleus, I almost missed seeing it. Love, love, love that color. Have a wonderful week.

  6. Gosh, the darker dahlia really does disappear sometimes, as other bloggers have suggested in their own posts. Karma Sangria is such a pretty shape of dahlia and I wonder whether it’s one my usual bulb supplier stocks as they have a number of the Karma varieties. The coleus foliage works well with it, doesn’t it?

  7. Divas are either very beautiful, very talented, or both–its how they get away with being divas. 🙂

    Your Dahlias are in the “very beautiful” group.

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