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Went over to a nursery and found these little plants called dahliettas. They are not the same as an annual dahlia bedding plant. They stay only about 8 to 10 inches tall. They are patented, so no propogating. They are all started from cuttings. I think I am going to try a few containers of these. I have seen information on the galleries and jackpots but never have seen or tried them. Anybody familar with these?
I bought some pink Dahliettas two years ago, and planted them as border flowers in a partly shady area. They stayed small - - but just about bloomed themselves to death. My only mistake was that I did not plant them close enough. However, they had so many blooms that you seldom could see any leaves.
Kell, all I have are nursery brochures. But yes I think I am going to pot some of these up in these plastic urn containers for my DD's wedding.
Nathalyn, these urn containers are probably equivalent to a 2 or 3 gallon pot. Do you think 3 plants would be enough per container?
I think that the number of plants that you need is more determined by the diameter of your pot. These dahliettas stay very small - - maybe 6 - 8 inches in diameter. I would plant as many as you think will fill your container once fully grown. As they are also fairly short, I would add either something in the middle with height or something that would trail out of the urn. I agree with Kell and Roselaine that a mixture of plants to complement the flowers would be nice.
Another good choice that is similar in apperance is Dreamland Zinnas. They get a littler larger(around 10-12 inches tall) but also produce large quantities of large blooms on short stems, which gives it a nosegay/bushlike appearance. Parkseed carries these in a multitude of colors and they stay full of blooms all summer as long as you keep them deadheaded.