Bruised dahlia collection
Buy the collection of 3 Dahlias (1 of each variety) for £9.99 or buy 2 collections for £19.98 and get another collection FREE
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Flower colour: Bruised tones
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- Hardiness: half hardy (may need winter protection)
Add sumptuous colour to your borders with these lavish-looking dahlias. They will start to flower in midsummer and if cut regularly (they make long-lived additions to the vase) they will continue to bloom well into autumn.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
Dahlia 'Chat Noir':A sumptuous cactus dahlia with garnet-red flowers (up to 15cm across), which have a near-black centre. The fully double flowers have long and narrow, pointed petals that recurve for more half their length. This dahlia looks great planted in bold groups in a sunny, sheltered border or as part of an exotic scheme. The flowers appear from July until the first frosts, and make excellent cut flowers. Grows to 110cm.
Dahlia 'Thomas A. Edison':We wanted this decorative dahlia in our collection as its flower colour is so easy to mix with a wide range of other shades. The many-petalled, medium-sized blooms are crammed with magenta pink petals, which tend to be a touch paler towards theit outer edges. They are also excellent for cutting, which will encourage more to form. Grows to 100cm.
Dahlia 'Downham Royal':For several months from midsummer, the upright stems of this striking dahlia are topped with miniature ball-shaped, magenta flowers, which are wonderful for adding a strong contrast to softer pinks and purples. Grows to 90cm.
- Garden care: Dahlia tubers can be planted outside after frost, or started off in pots under glass in late winter to early spring. Plant them horizontally approximately 12cm deep, making sure the ‘eyes’ are uppermost. Allow enough room between each tuber so the plants can grow and spread to their full size without being over-crowded. While in growth, provide a high-nitrogen liquid feed each week in June, then a high-potash fertiliser each week from July to September. Stake with canes or brushwood if it becomes necessary. In mild areas, leave them in situ over winter, but protect the crown with a generous layer of dry mulch. In colder areas, carefully lift and clean the tubers once the first frosts have blackened the foliage and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Then place the dry tubers in a shallow tray, just covered with slightly moist potting compost, sand or vermiculite and store in a frost-free place until planting out again.
- CAUTION do not eat ornamental bulbs