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Dreaming of delightful dahlias

Wednesday, 10th July, 2019 4:58pm

Margaret Griffin

Dahlias are one of the plants that are making a massive comeback and it’s no surprise as to why this is.

There are many new varieties that give masses of colour and blooms with their large double flowers of intense colour from early summer to late autumn. If you are looking for flowers that will turn heads, then choose either from the Dahila Gardentta range or Dahila Maxi range. Both ranges are great performers and have new and exciting colours for 2019.

Growing tips

Dahlias are among the lowest maintenance, highest production cut flowers and garden plants you can grow. And very often they'll flower from late June to first frost. With a multitude of different colours, shapes and sizes, dahlias bring life and beauty back to your garden for the summer and autumn months.

The diversity of the dahlia allow you to use them in many different aspects of your landscape design, from low growing border plants to stately background plantings that may reach six feet in height!

Dahlia plants grow and bloom best in full sun and tolerate most soil types, but prefer a well-drained position. If your soil is heavy or clay, adding horticultural grit and compost will help to lighten it.

Dahlias in bud or bloom are heavy feeders, so you should begin feeding them monthly, beginning a month before they begin to set buds using Maxicrop liquid feed. I also recommend putting down a slow release feed when planting them and repeat at the start of every summer.

If you want your dahlia to provide a continuous, extended flower show, you will need to remove the spent buds promptly by dead heading throughout the season. Also due to their large blooms , they do not like to dry out, so water regularly.

Dahlias are available in an array of stunning colours. 2019 has seen the strong coloured dahlias going so well. A large range of dahilas have come straight up from our nursery and are getting a great response.

Here are some of my favourites:

Dahlia Gardenetta dark red

With this dahlia, deep velvet red double blossoms. This will bring depth to your garden border. I love this in a traditional pot also. Place in full sunshine this will blossom all summer long into the late autumn.

Dahlia Gardenetta deep orange

This colour is stunning. The burnt orange blossom bring sunshine into the garden a beautiful variety.

Dahlia Gardenetta Fireball

The name says it all. If you plant all three dahlias, the dark red, dark orange and fireball, the combination is stunning!

Dahlia Gardenetta lavender swirl

For delicate colour, you will love the lavender swirl. A lavender tone through a double white dahila flower is so beautiful and elegant.

Check out our dahlia maxi range also for an array of other colours and heights. Dahlias like the Alstromeria, Perennial Geraniums and Verbenas should be in every cottage garden border.

If you would like advice on a cottage garden bed, why not bring a picture of your garden to our design team here instore at Griffins, Dripsey or email them to info@griffinsgardencentre.ie? Save the date! The annual concert at Griffins will take place on 26 July where a combination of choirs including the wonderful High Hopes Choir will preform. For details go to griffinsgardencentre.ie or phone 021-7334286.

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