Dahlia ‘Mystic Illusion’

If there is a golden retriever puppy of the plant world, it has to be a dahlia. I mean, everybody loves golden retriever puppies, right? And everyone loves dahlias, too?

 

 

dalhia orange and yellow

This year, I only added one selection of dahlia to the gardens at CMBG. It is Dahlia ‘Mystic Illusion.’ We planted it in late April and it is still flowering! This plant is a winner. Bred by Dr. Keith Hammett from New Zealand, this patented plant has big, single yellow flowers atop dark, near black foliage. Like most dahlias, this is an annual in our area as it is only hardy in USDA zone 9. I was somewhat familiar with a similar plant, Dahlia ‘Yellow Hammer’ and this one is even better. The flowers are held up above the foliage. The foliage is reminiscent of Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff.’ Mystic Illusion is better in the way it holds its flowers up for you to see. My biggest disappointment with both Bishop of Llandaff and Yellow Hammer was that the flowers were not held up higher above the foliage. Mystic Illusion is touted as not needing staking and thus far, it is behaving as it should.

dahlia mysitc illusion

Next year, I believe that we will try even more of the Mystic dahlia series. This first one has been outstanding and I am noticing most guests stopping and looking at the plant as they pass by.

Do you grow dahlias in your garden? Have you tried any of the Mystic series?

Rodney

Photos – mrwallpaper.com, photos.lifeasahuman.com, tried-and-true.com

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rodney eason

Rodney Eason - Director of Horticulture and Plant Curator at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, father of 4, husband to a Renaissance woman. I spent the first part of my life in North Carolina, the middle in Pennsylvania, and now I am determined to become a Mainer  while keeping my southern drawl. I consider the rhetorical question, "you're not from around here, are you?" a compliment. I love great gardens, beautiful plants, and inspiring architecture. Because of this, I am on a lifelong quest to find a garden that artistically combines beautiful plants while being centered around an evocative building. For me, this would be Beatrix Farrand's Dumbarton Oaks, with the plants of Lotusland and Chanticleer, around Fay Jones' Thorncrown Chapel. My wife and I are now making our new home and garden in a 130 year old New England house with a farmer's porch near the Damariscotta River in coastal Maine. When our kids get into college, we want to hike the Appalachian Trail as a family over a summer break. My likes (in random order): the smell of fresh basil and rosemary, bold foliage, India Pale Ale, good running shoes, Top Gear, the smell of New England in the fall (it reminds me a bit of English Leather, which my grandfather wore), and the sound of our family laughing together around the dinner table. I dream of one day owning an old Toyota 4X4 pick-up and seeing the Avett Brothers in concert.
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3 Comments

  1. Rebekah on July 1, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I’m trying to find dahlias I love to add to our garden. Right now, I’m only really interested in the deep burgundy and pure white versions.

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