Dahlias come in a wide variety of colors that gardeners combine to produce a multicolored effect. Now a new variety offers multiple colors on one plant. 'Changing Colors' dahlia features flowers in white, lavender, and dark purple, all on the same plant.
'Changing Colors' has 4-inch-diameter chrysanthemum-like blooms that begin in midsummer and continue until frost. Each flower opens dark purple and gradually fades to white, so a single plant with flowers at different stages of maturity looks like three different varieties planted together.
This dahlia grows 2 feet tall and wide and is hardy to USDA zone 8. In colder climates, gardeners can dig the tubers in fall and store them indoors during the winter.
For more information on this new variety, go to: Dutch Gardens.
Article published on January 28, 2008.