Colours of the rainbow
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