9 great gar­den dahlias

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‘Karma Choc’ AGM One of the Karma se­ries, this florif­er­ous dahlia has brown­ish fo­liage and slen­der stems topped by deep red flow­ers. Good with yel­low rud­beck­ias. H: 4ft (120cm).

‘Waltz­ing Matilda’ AGM This coral pink and sun­set whirligig has in­for­mally shaped, of­ten non-sym­met­ri­cal flow­ers, mak­ing it a fab­u­lous choice for the front of a border. H: 2ft (60cm).

‘To­tally Tan­ger­ine’ Too new for an award, this anemone­cen­tred op­tion has a neat dark-tan­ger­ine mid­dle sur­rounded by petals that morph be­tween pink and orange. H: 2ft (60cm).

‘Twyn­ing’s Af­ter Eight’ AGM A bee-friendly, el­e­gant blush-white sin­gle with dark fo­liage and stems. The hint of pink in the flower means it mixes well with pur­ple and pink asters. H: 4ft (120cm).

‘Thomas A. Edi­son’ No AGM here, but this 1929 plum-top­ur­ple dahlia has stood the test of time. Glo­ri­ous with deep reds or next to golden oat grass (Stipa gi­gan­tea). H: 4ft (120cm).

‘Happy Sin­gle Wink’ AGM The Dutch-bred Happy se­ries make good con­tainer plants, and this pink sin­gle has a dark rasp­berry mid­dle that flat­ters the dark fo­liage. H: 1ft (30cm).

‘Otto’s Thrill’ AGM Giant dec­o­ra­tive with rose pink flow­ers (up to 10in/25cm across) formed of slightly wavy petals. One of the few gi­ants I grow, it holds its head well. H: 3-4ft (100-120cm).

‘Pooh Swan Is­land’ AGM This tan­ger­ine red and sun­shine yel­low collerette is strong enough to sur­vive in bor­ders in mild ar­eas. The slightly ragged mid­dle adds some­thing, too. H: 3ft (100cm).

‘Pearl of Heem­st­ede’ AGM A pro­lific, soft pink wa­terlily with masses of flow­ers on long stems. Great with pur­ple asters, Ver­bena bonar­ien­sis or Cot­i­nus cog­gy­gria ‘Royal Pur­ple’. H: 3ft (90cm).

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