Dahlia Wine eyed Jill is a ball dahlia, with peach, pink, apricot and sometimes lavender colouring that changes over the lifetime of the bloom.
As the season progresses and temperatures cool, Wine Eyed Jill’s flower changes from richer to creamier tones showcasing its tremendous visual interest.
My research shows that colouring can also be a little bit variable between blooms and plants, suggesting the weather or soil conditions may have an impact.
This variety of dahlia gets its ‘wine eye’ name from the dark wine coloured centre of the plant caused by the inner petals sporting purple tips. This striking contrast of colours adds a unique touch to the flower.
There is also a yellow version with a purple centre and yellow flecking on the petals. The image below shows the yellow version which I grew in a pot.
I haven’t yet grown this in the ground. But it will be interesting to see whether the amount of yellow colouring differs at all, as a result of different soil and growing conditions.
Dahlia Wine Eyed Jill has has an eventual height of about 3 to 3.5 feet (1m) , with blooms about 4 inches (10 cm) across. With a good programme of deadheading, it can bloom profusely over a long period.
Like all dahlias, Dahlia Wine Eyed Jill will flower from mid-summer until cut down by the first frosts.
Where to buy Wine Eyed Jill Dahlia
In the US, try the suppliers listed by dahliaaddict.com.
Garden uses for Dahlia Wine Eyed Jill
Grow Wine Eyed Jill dahlia as a cut flower
The blooms of Wine Eyed Jill dahlia are compact and held quite high above the plant’s green foliage. This makes it an ideal dahlia to grow as a cut flower.
If you grow it as a cut flower, the following tips will help you get the best from your blooms:
- As soon as you cut the stem, place it in clean water to prevent air pockets from forming in the stem;
- Change the water in the vase every couple of days to prolong the life of the flowers; and
- Keep the arrangement out of direct sunlight and away from heat and drafts.
Wine Eyed Jill’s interesting colour patterns make it a standout in any arrangement. The diversity of colour, within and between blooms, as well as the neat compact flower form, make it a a perfect addition to any bouquet or centrepiece.
Grow Dahlia Wine Eyed Jill in borders and containers
As well as being grown to produce cut flowers for the vase, the upright habit and mixed colouring of the plant means it can suit a perennial border (grown towards the front) or a cottage or courtyard garden scheme.
Although it is not the largest of dahlias, you will probably need to stake the plant, unless planted very closely to other strong plants in the border.
You can also grow Dahlia Wine Eyed Jill in pots or containers, as long as they are large enough to be water retentive. Again, you’ll need to prove for some support or staking to keep the plant upright.
The colouring of this variety, means it will go well with other pink, yellow or peachy hued dahlias or contrast nicely with blue-hued perennial plants like thalictrums, geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue‘ or grasses like the Pheasant’s Tail grass (Anemanthele lessoniana).
Plant notes: Dahlia Wine Eyed Jill
Dahlias belong to the Asteraceae family of plants.
Dahlias prefer full sun, but can cope with some partial shade.
Height approx. 1m (3 feet 4 inches). Width approx. 50 cm (1 foot 6 inches)
Plant calendar: Dahlia Wine Eyed Jill
|Feb, March, April (under cover)
|Pot up Tubers
|July, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov.
These timings assume a last frost in May. Adjust timings earlier or later according to last frost where you live.
**In areas of extreme summer heat, plant out in September.
Caring for Wine Eyed Jill Dahlia
Take care of Dahlia Wine Eyed Jill just as you would for any dahlia. Note the points below in particular.
Planting and position dahlias
- Dahlias prefer to be positioned full sun in moist, retentive, but well drained soil.
- Improve the soil with organic matter before planting, preferably in the autumn.
- Plant out your Dahlia tubers or sprouts after the risk of frost has passed.
- Plant non-sprouting tubers 4 to 5 inches deep. Plant more deeply if a risk of frost remains, or you live in an area with extreme heat – but only if drainage is good. Otherwise there is a risk of the tubers rotting.
- Mulch well.
Watering and feeding dahlias
- Keep the plant well-watered, but don’t let it get waterlogged for any prolonged period.
- Feed with a well balanced fertiliser whilst its leaves and stems are developing, but switch to a regular phosphate rich fertiliser (e.g. tomato feed) to encourage flowering.
Stopping dahlias and increasing flower numbers
- If you pinch out the growing tips of the main stems when they have two or three sets of leaves, you can create a bushier plant which will produce more blooms.
- Remember to deadhead your flowers regularly to keep the plant flowering for as long as possible.
End of growing season care
- If you live in an area that suffers from hard frosts or prolonged water-logging, lift and store the tubers over winter. Follow the guidance in this post on overwintering dahlias.
- If you do not get temperatures below freezing, you can leave your dahlia tubers in position. But it is best to cut back the old stems and mulch well.
More on growing dahlias
You can also get much more guidance on growing dahlias in these posts:
- Taking care of dahlias: the trick with deadheading
- Dahlia pinnata: a dahlia original
- How to grow dahlias: the complete guide to dahlia care
- How to overwinter dahlia plants and tubers
- All you need to know about dahlia tubers and dahlia bulbs
- Dahlia varieties: your complete guide to all types of dahlias
- Dahlias in my garden: Six on Saturday
- Dahlia Wizard of Oz – Beautiful pink pompon dahlia
- Can you grow dahlias in raised beds?
- Do dahlias grow in Florida?
- Dahlia Night Silence
- Visit a beautiful dahlia farm
- Best mulch for dahlias: a comprehensive guide
- Dahlia Islander: large, pink, loud, showy. What’s not to like?
- Heat tolerant dahlias: beat the heat with these 120 choice varieties
- Dahlia gall: how to identify and prevent leafy gall and crown gall in dahlias
Martin Cole has been an avid gardener for more than 20 years and loves to talk and write about gardening. In 2006 he was a finalist in the BBC Gardener of the Year competition. He is a member of the National dahlia Society.
He previously lived in London and Sydney, Australia, where he took a diploma course in Horticultural studies and is now based in North Berwick in Scotland. He founded GardeningStepbyStep.com in 2012. The website is aimed at everybody who has been bitten by the gardening bug and wants to know more.
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