5 OF STEPHEN’S FAVOURITE DAHLIAS
1 ‘Inglebrook Jill’
This collarette has velvet-burgundy outer petals that cup raspberry-ripple ones.
2‘Danum Torch’ Stephen particularly loves collarettetype dahlias such as this one, which is suitable for growing in containers.
3 ‘Weston Spanish Dancer’ This red and yellow miniature cactus dahlia is an all-time favourite. Stephen grows his from cuttings from the National Dahlia Collection in Cornwall (nationaldahliacollection.co.uk).
4 ‘Bryce B Morrison’ A fun, frou-frou, bi-coloured decorative type that will add drama to a border.
5 ‘Barbarry Gem’ This dark miniature ball dahlia is great for cutting, with great stems that are long lasting in the vase.
OPPOSITE At the edge of the hot bank, dahlias ‘David Howard’, ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ and ‘Ballego’s Glory’ are partnered with long-lasting alstroemerias, magenta-pink Salvia microphylla ‘Watermelon Pink’ and zingy red ‘Royal Bumble’