Colours of the rain­bow

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - With Richard Hole

DAHLIAS are a gor­geous, showy flower that come in an in­cred­i­ble range of colours and types, mak­ing them a beau­ti­ful ad­di­tion to any gar­den.

They orig­i­nate from Mex­ico, Cen­tral and South Amer­ica. Th­ese plants are en­joy­ing a huge resur­gence in pop­u­lar­ity as gar­den­ers re­alise their value in pro­vid­ing a riot of con­tin­u­ous colour from mid­sum­mer through to the first frosts.

Dahlia flow­ers cover al­most the en­tire colour spec­trum and many have ex­otic shapes. Sizes range from small, del­i­cate types to the giants with blooms over 30cm in di­am­e­ter.

Many re­cent in­tro­duc­tions have been se­lected for their dark fo­liage and com­pact habit, and many of th­ese newer va­ri­eties are ideal for pots and con­tain­ers. They also make ideal cut flow­ers.

For best re­sults, give them a sunny po­si­tion with hu­mus­rich soil and they will look fan­tas­tic.

Most dahlias grow from tu­bers, which are ba­si­cally fleshy roots which store nu­tri­ents. There are buds or eyes on the tu­ber from which new plants will grow given the right con­di­tions.

Al­ways plant dahlias in a

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