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David Howard dahlia: The search was worth it.

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Garden book junkie – that’s me. If I find a photo or idea that I can use for a client's landscape, I feel that the book has been worth it.

Recently I took an idea from Stephen Orr’s wonderful book "Tomorrow’s Garden."

I saw a great photo of grasses planted on a grid and used the idea as a frontage for a meadow that was a bit unruly. Worked perfectly.

See a photo, want the plant

So you won’t be surprised that I find new plants or appealing plants in some of these garden books and then must grow them myself.

Such is the case with a whole series of Christopher Lloyd books. I’d seen so many photos of the dark-leaved, glowing-orange dahlia ‘David Howard’ that I had to find it.

‘David Howard’ turned up at the well-known Plants Delight Nursery in North Carolina (although other nurseries carry it, too). I was pleased that instead of sending a shriveled tuber, they sent a started plant that is already blooming for me despite the 100-degree temperatures of a few weeks ago. I thought the heat would send it into a tailspin but here it is, blooming away!


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