In the gar­den

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Be­cause their blooms are not too large – and be­cause of their el­e­gant, even shape – waterlily dahlias fit well into a va­ri­ety of gar­den sit­u­a­tions.

Red ‘Taratahi Ruby’ looks su­perb in front of a pur­ple-leaved el­der, for ex­am­ple. Or for a brighter con­trast, try yel­low ‘Glo­rie van Heem­st­ede’ or orange ‘Char­lie Dim­mock’.

In pas­tel shades, pink ‘Ger­rie Hoek’ may no longer have an AGM (more re­cent va­ri­eties have proved bet­ter), but its soft colour­ing – like that of ‘Jean Fairs’ – is good with white or pink bud­dleia arch­ing over it, and pale-blue peren­nial salvias in front.

The trick is not to be blink­ered by out­dated ideas. Treat these dahlias as el­e­gant sum­mer blooms that work with – not against – other flow­ers.

Try ‘Glo­rie van Heem­st­ede’ with a blue/pur­ple palette of salvia and ver­bena

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