westland garden health logo

Our Top 5 Dahlias

If you love bright colours in your borders, you won’t go far wrong with dahlias. With colourful blooms this daisy-like flower can look its best much longer than many other flowering plants, bringing a touch of colour right up until the first frosts appear in the autumn.

Perfect for patio pots and containers as well as borders, dahlias also make the perfect cut flower for displaying in your home and can last in a vase up to six days.

 

Our Favourite Dahlias

With so many different varieties available, it can be hard to choose! But don’t worry, we’ve pulled together our list of top 5 dahlias to help you.

 

Dahlia Pretty Woman – perfect for patios

If you’re looking for dahlias for containers, Pretty Woman is a great choice. The dwarf variety has lovely powdery pink flowers which are complemented by bronze foliage. They’re loved by bees and pollinating insects and can be planted with other dwarf varieties.

 

 

 

 

Dahlia Pooh Swan Island – incredible colour

If you’re looking for a showstopper, Pooh Swan Island really is a stunning variety. A type of Collarette dahlia, the large, flat ray of outer petals are an incredible orangey-red colour, with a wreath of bright yellow surrounding the centre. We think they’re truly breath-taking.

 

 

 

 

Dahlia Pompon – impactful flowers

Pompon, or ‘ball dahlias’ have large globe-like flower heads with small, tight petals which curve inwards. They’re an excellent option to use as part of a container display and come in a range of colours from deep pink to burnt orange.

 

 

 

 

Dahlia Blue Bayou – unusual shape

The Blue Bayou dahlia has an unusual, anemone shape which will certainly be eye-catching among the other plants in your borders. With bright pink petals and a dark pink centre, they’ll give you plenty of flowers to fill vases and bring splashes of colour to your home.

 

 

 

 

Dahlia Star Wars – compact variety

With lovely, peachy coloured flowers, a dark centre and bronze foliage, Star Wars is a pretty variety. These dwarf Dahlia’s are perfect for smaller borders; if you’re looking for real impact in a larger border, why not try planting several together for striking display?

 

 

 

 

Related articles

How to Grow Dahlias

How to Grow Dahlias

February is a great time to start planting dahlia tubers and sowing seeds for a dazzling display this summer and autumn. Dahlias are benefiting from...

Top 5 Summer Flowering Bulbs

Top 5 Summer Flowering Bulbs

Bulbs, tubers, roots and corms will fill your summer garden with an array of colour, depth and variety. What’s more they will continue to do so for...

Bulbs in Borders

Bulbs in Borders

Bulbs are low maintenance and reappear with little effort each year, making them the ideal way to add colour and interest in beds and borders....