There are a whole series of gorgeous dark leaved dahlias named after prelates – the scarlet ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ is probably the best known, but there is also York, Leicester, Canterbury and Auckland. Shown here is the ‘Bishop of Oxford’ cavorting, in a most unseemly manner, with a very flirty cosmos.
Dahlia ‘Bishop of Oxford’
Deadhead often for continued flowering. Take cuttings in spring or divide tubers, ensuring each section has a decent bud. H xS 90cm x 40cm
Cosmos bipinnatus ‘Sonata Pink’
An indispensible annual; white or various shades of pink. Good for filling summer gaps. Sow seed in late spring. H xS 60cm x 30cm