5 OF STEPHEN’S FAVOURITE DAHLIAS

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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.

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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’

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