Dahlia ‘Hill­crest Royal’

NZ Gardener - - In Season -

This is an old cac­tus va­ri­ety with al­most elec­tric pink flow­ers which glow as the sun sets. Like all dou­ble flow­ers, in­di­vid­ual blooms last longer than those of sin­gle va­ri­eties though they are less at­trac­tive to pol­li­na­tors.

Dahlias of­ten need hefty staking, good soil and plenty of wa­ter, but the re­sults are a bumper flow­er­ing pe­riod, whether you go for a sin­gle sweety, a turbo-charged showoff or some­thing just to­tally bonkers.

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