Common name: Dahlia
Dazzling Dahlias are showcasing this week as we enter blooming Summer! These beautiful long-standing Herbaceous plants continue to brighten the garden through to the Autumn months as the first frosts appear. Popular as cut flowers, Dahlias are tuberous perennials with compound flowers, displayed in a vast array of colours and shapes. Most suitable for planting in modern patio and cottage gardens, the Dahlia is a spectacular ornament for the garden.
How Can Dahlias Compliment Your Garden?
Dahlias can appeal to almost all personal taste with its great variation of forms and colours. If you’re on the hunt for a charming orange-pink glow to add to your summer borders, take a look at Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’. If you’re seeking a delicate arrangement of large dark red petals with striking white tips, Dahlia ‘Duet’ can offer a profusion of aesthetic charm.
Check out our Dahlietta collection for fun, compact Dahlias that don’t lack in personality. These high-impact flowers sit comfortably on short, upright stems making them great for containers or the front of borders. If you’re looking for layered apricot petals adjacent to a sprightly red base, take a look at Dahlietta ‘Candy Dahlia’. Alternatively, for vibrant pure red flowering surrounding a peeking yellow centre, the petite Dahlietta ‘Patty Dahlia’ is the one for you.
Performing wonderfully as cut flowers, Dahlias can be picked regularly and endure a long-lived life when placed into a vase. Fabricating endless blooms, these plants can last up to a week if positioned in a cool place and out of direct sunlight. Ensure to check the water daily and consider applying a floral preservative. Enjoy your beautiful indoor bouquet!
Dahlias prefer a sheltered, sunny environment with moist, well-drained soil. It is important that these plants are watered regularly as dry conditions are not tolerated, and also kept weed-free. This fast-growing genus likes to be deadheaded frequently to guarantee a successful succession of flowers. Differentiate buds and spent flower heads by noticing buds are rounded while spent flower heads are more pointed.
Unfortunately, Dahlias are unlikely to survive outdoors during winter in wet or frosty conditions. Tubers risk splitting in freezing climates, so it is recommended that they are stored indoors and/or in a cool, frost-free place. It is crucial the tubers are dug up carefully to avoid damage, are then left to dry without water or sunlight and are checked occasionally. Re-planting can take place as the weather improves in early spring.
It wouldn’t be summer without Dahlias.