What Really Worked — My Favorite New Plant This Year is Dahlia ‘Pooh’

Posted by on September 8, 2013

Helen Yoest, Gardening with Confidence ®Gardening with Confidence ® Dahlia 'Pooh'While chatting with some friends recently, the subject of this year’s favorite new plants came up. We were each wowed by something new in our gardens, so we decided to put together a shared post on What Really Worked — My Favorite New Plant This Year. And by “new” we mean new to our gardens this year. My pick is Dahlia ‘Pooh’. I’ve not had much success with dahlias in the past since they like the soil moister than I’m willing to provide. With my waterwise design, I have limited space in my sunny oasis zones to add anymore than what I already have. But this year was exceptionally moist, and most of the garden became an oasis utopia. It was like living in a rainforest.Gardening with Confidence ® Dahlia 'Pooh' Country Gardens Gardening with Confidence ®The story of having Dahlia ‘Pooh’ in my garden is even better than the success of the plant. Last September, just as I was finishing up a photoshoot producing a story for Country Gardens magazine, the  homeowner, my dear friend Vivien Phillips, gave me a parting gift. Vivien’s garden comes alive in the late summer through first frost as her dahlias steal the show. To my delight, Vivien shared with me some of her potted dahlias, ‘Pooh’ being one of them. When I got home, I planted ‘Pooh’ only expecting to enjoy her for the rest of the fall season. I didn’t bother to lift the tuber; I just took my chances. I’m like that though. I have very few plants that I baby.

‘Pooh’ is planted in the sunny transitional bed of Helen’s Haven where I only use supplemental water in times of drought. A thirsty plant like a dahlia would have a hard time here during a typical summer. Also, I didn’t stake ‘Pooh’, instead I let her ramble down the sloped bed. It worked for the area, but otherwise would recommend staking this 4 – 5 foot tall beauty. Gardening with Confidence ® Butterfly Dahla This dahlia is a cutie. A charming choice with 3.5-inch-wide flowers in orange-red petals with bright lemon-colored petal-like sepals. I’ll leave it in the ground again this winter with hopes of it returning next year. If she doesn’t come back, I’ll replace her and effectively treat this dahlia as an annual. If we have a drought, I may make a point to give her a drink from time to time. She is water-worthy. Dahlia 'Pooh' Gardening with Confidence ® Vivien grows her garden in a zone 6a area and does lift her dahlias each year since it is far too cold for her dahlias to be hardy. She also has so many of them, it’s only practical to do so instead replacing them each year. For Vivien, it’s a true labor of love. After the last of the flowers have faded, and about three-weeks after the first killing frost, Vivien digs and stores each of her dahlia bulbs for winter storage.

I hope you visit the other garden bloggers success stories linked in the photos below, then please share with us your new summer success. What was YOUR new favorite this year?








12 responses to “What Really Worked — My Favorite New Plant This Year is Dahlia ‘Pooh’”

  1. I love this little ‘Pooh’. From its name to its cheery, bright color combo, it just makes me happy.

  2. Whoa, I LOVE the color in these! I have never grown a dahlia — mostly for the reasons you stated with watering — but that is one gorgeous flower!

  3. HelenYoest says:

    ‘Pooh’ is hot!

  4. HelenYoest says:

    Me too, C, mee too. H.

  5. Sarah Leach Smith says:

    I love this! Definitely would love to see every season.. favorite plants of favorite garden bloggers! If y’all say it’s good, it must be good! I hope you are doing well, Helen. I am missing North Carolina!

  6. HelenYoest says:

    NC is missing you, Sarah, but we know you are experiencing the opportunity of a lifetime. Say hey to Bob for me. H.

  7. […] ‘Pooh’ dahlia. Check out Helen’s debatable reasoning for not choosing dahlia ‘Eeyore’ by visiting her blog, “Gardening With Confidence.” […]

  8. There’s a quote from Winnie the Pooh, “Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”
    ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

    It’s obviously called Dahlia ‘Pooh’ because it makes you feel pretty darned wonderful. 🙂


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  10. Libby says:

    Love, love this! I’m a huge dahlia fan and had great success when I lived in the Hudson Valley…not so much down here!
    Hoping to get over to your garden tomorrow Helen!

  11. Deano says:

    That Dahlia is super cute. What growing region are you living in? You mention that your friend in 6a brought them inside, but you didn’t, have I git that right?

  12. HelenYoest says:

    Ye, Deano, that’s right. She is in 6a and brings them in. I’m in 7b and can leave mine in the ground just fine. H.

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