Dahlias – the star of the summer (part 1 of 2)

Dahlias – the star of the summer (part 1 of 2)

A few years ago dahlias were in the doldrums, often regarded as better suited to flower shows than borders. But all that has changed and the dahlia has taken its rightful place as the star of the summer border.

It almost restores my faith in common sense since there are few flowers that are so easy to grow and give such reward for a little effort. True, they are not reliably hardy if left in the garden in winter but it is not a lot of effort to lift the tubers and store them, and that gives you the chance to divide them or to take cutting so instead of one plant you can have a dozen a year later.

With varieties that range from 20cm high to 1.5m and flowers in every size and shape from 5cm across to 25cm, there is something for everyone.You can start them off from dried tubers which you can plant direct in the soil now, about 5cm deep or you can plant them in pots in a greenhouse and plant them out as growing plants in late May. You can also buy plants already in bloom in summer and although this is the most expensive way to buy them you can still be sure of months of colour.

Catch part two of “Dahlias – the star of the summer”:

Dahlias – star of the summer (part 2 of 2)

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Post written by our resident gardening guru Geoff Stebbings from www.thebikinggardener.com

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