6 Spectacular Dahlias for the Garden

I love Dahlias but often when I mention my favourites, people assume they are all the large dinner plate or cactus flowering types. I am a big fan of the collarette dahlias like Moonlight Mist, Alpen Cherub and Wheels. What I have found over the years is it is easier for the bees to reach the pollen on the collarettes as its so visible. Dahlias are a popular cut flower here with many of our farmers growing them to sell as cut flowers at the Ladner Village Market and at farm stands. Their beauty makes them a good choice for weddings and special events. What I love about them is their bloom time. If planted out in May they will be blooming by mid July and continue until first frost. Today I am showcasing six of my favourite dahlias that you should add to your garden.

6 Spectacular Dahlias for the Garden

This is Dahlia ‘Louise’ which was bought as a bedding plant a couple of years ago. In its first growing season the plant produced a large tuber which I store over the winter and plant out in the spring. Dahlia ‘Louise’ is a border plant reaching about 12″ high and about 12″ wide. Its hot pink flowers with white edges make it a choice plant for the front of the border.

6 Spectacular Dahlias for the Garden

Dahlia ‘Clearview Claret’ is new to the garden this year. I took a tour of Ferncliff Gardens last fall with the South Delta Garden Club and couldn’t resist buying some more tubers.  The red flowers are about 6″ across and its considered a medium-sized dahlia. Look closely at the photo above and you will see it has deep purple stems which add to the plants interest.

6 Spectacular Dahlias for the Garden

Dahlia ‘Yellow Passion’ has huge lemony coloured flowers. The flowers are about 6″ across and you only need one to create a bouquet. In my west coast garden, this Dahlia grows to about 4′ high and 2′ wide so it needs some room. 6 Spectacular Dahlias for the Garden

Dahlia ‘Moonlight Mist’ has really come into its own over the years. At first I wasn’t sure if I liked it as it didn’t do well where it was.  All it needed was more sun. I love the pale yellow flowers on this collarette dahlia. It’s not quite as bold as Dahlia ‘Yellow Passion’ but is easier to use in bouquets.

6 Spectacular Dahlias for the Garden

Above is Dahlia ‘Snoho Sonia’, another newcomer to the garden. Although its classed as lavender I find its more pink than expected. It grows to about 3′ high. I love the ball shape of this flower. On this flower bees tunnel inside each curved petal in order to find pollen.

6 Spectacular Dahlias for the Garden

Still at the top of the list is Dahlia ‘Mango Sunset’ which is the most prolific bloomer of them all. This cactus dahlia is a wonderful orange colour and I have it planted with orange and pink zinnias this year. This dahlia never disappoints me in the garden.

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