Burnt orange dahlia collection
- 2+1 FREE collections
- 1 collection
- Standard £4.95
Buy the collection of 3 Dahlias (1 of each variety) for £9.99 or buy 2 collections for £19.98 and get another collection FREE
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: half hardy (may need winter protection)
Orange is a great colour to mix with yellows and reds, but it also looks incredible when paired with its polar opposite, purple. It really stands out from the border, so is a great colour to introduce if you have a larger garden - or if you just like things on the lively side!
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
Dahlia 'Mel's Orange Marmalade':If you like bold, bright colours, then you are going to love this new dahlia. It will produce lots of large, cactus flowerheads from midsummer onwards, which not only look impressive, but are also excellent for cutting. Mix it with harmonious shades of red and yellow, or rich purples for contrast. Grows to 80cm.
Dahlia 'Alfred Grille':Big, long-lasting, semi-cactus flowers top the upright stems for many months from midsummer, creating a dazzling dispaly well into the autumn. Each flower is a sumptuous blend of salmon pink and orange, which merges into yellow towards the centre. The petals are long and thin, and curl backwards on themselves, creating a wonderful spikey effect. Overall they look very impressive, especially when seen against the backdrop of the deep green foliage. Grows to 100cm.
Dahlia 'David Howard':This miniature, decorative-type dahlia will happily grow at the front of a sheltered border or in a large patio pot. Flourishing in fertile, humus-rich soil, the fully double, soft burnt-orange flowers and dramatic, dark purple-bronze leaves are perfect for an exotic-type border or hot planting scheme. Grows to 75cm.
- Garden care: Dahlia tubers can be planted outside after frost, or started off in pots under glass in late winter to early spring. Plant them horizontally approximately 12cm deep, making sure the ‘eyes’ are uppermost. Allow enough room between each tuber so the plants can grow and spread to their full size without being over-crowded. While in growth, provide a high-nitrogen liquid feed each week in June, then a high-potash fertiliser each week from July to September. Stake with canes or brushwood if it becomes necessary. In mild areas, leave them in situ over winter, but protect the crown with a generous layer of dry mulch. In colder areas, carefully lift and clean the tubers once the first frosts have blackened the foliage and allow them to dry naturally indoors. Then place the dry tubers in a shallow tray, just covered with slightly moist potting compost, sand or vermiculite and store in a frost-free place until planting out again.