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?