Bees and butterflies 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 (will need winter protection)
These single dahlias are ideal for encouraging bees and other pollinating insects into the garden. A wonderful addition to the mixed or herbaceous border, the flowers are also excellent for cut arrangements. There really is something for everyone in this 'blockbuster' collection of single dahlias.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
- Dahlia 'Happy Single Wink' (PBR)
Iridescent lilac-pink petals, each with a rich plum base surround the central disc, forming charming flowerheads that are highlighted against the backdrop of the deep purple-bronze foliage. Excellent in a patio pot. Grows to 60cm.
- Dahlia 'Moonfire'
Perfect for pots and containers, this relatively low-growing dahlia will produce an abundance of golden-yellow single flowers, each with a bright band or orange around their centre. The foliage is dark and flushed with purple, so this creates further interest as well as offering a stunning contrast to the flowerheads. Grows to 70cm.
- Dahlia 'Bishop of Leicester'
Pretty pink 'petals' form a single row around the brown eye, which turns bright golden yellow as the flowerhead matures. Popular with bees and other beneficial insects, the flowers will also make excellent additions to a vase. The foliage is attractive too and as it is flushed with rich bronze/purple, it will add a touch of drama to the border. Grows to 90cm.
- 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.