BBC Countryfile Magazine
POPULAR DAHLIA CULTIVARS
1 DAHLIA ‘TOTALLY TANGERINE’
With its fascinating colouring of pinkish orange, this delightful dahlia flowers over a long period and combines well with ‘Hidcote’ lavender.
2 DAHLIA ‘BISHOP OF LLANDAFF’
Justifiably popular, this glorious dahlia has scarlet flowers and dark purple, nearly black foliage. A good cut-flower and bee plant.
3 DAHLIA ‘DAVID HOWARD’
Particularly free-flowering, this classic cultivar has burnt-orange flowers with double bronze-tinted leaves and is a good container plant.
4 DAHLIA MERCKII
My favourite dahlia, the lavender-pink flowers of this pretty variety rise on thin stems above ferny foliage. It is hardier than many.
5 DAHLIA IMPERIALIS
Dramatic tree dahlias grow to three metres. Their bamboo-like stems and large foliage make them perfect for tropical-style borders.
6 DAHLIA ‘VERRONE’S OBSIDIAN’
A recent introduction, this glamorous cultivar has purple-black flowers contrasting with yellow centres and combines beautifully with perennials and grasses.
7 DAHLIA ‘CAFE AU LAIT’
Opening pink, then fading to a peachy cream, these large powderpuff flowers grow on long stems and are popular for weddings.
8 DAHLIA ‘DIVA’
Exquisitely formed with sumptuous dark purple-red flowers, this cultivar is longlasting as a cut flower and impressive in a border.
9 DAHLIA ‘BLUE BAYOU’
More a vibrant pinky lavender than a real blue, this is a free-flowering variety, rich in nectar and great for pollinators.
10 DAHLIA ‘HONKA FRAGILE’
The Honka dahlias are striking stars with narrow inrolled petals; ‘Fragile’ has fine red edging to white petals.