Ember glow 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)
This tropical-looking collection encompasses rich chocolate and orange tones, with a hint of pink and yellow thrown into the mix. It will look great with yellow tones, but can also be used to add depth and contrast to rich plum and deeper pinks.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
Dahlia 'Karma Sangria':Each of the quill-like 'petals' have a golden yellow base, but the colour merges to pink, and becomes more intense towards the pointed tips. This two-tone effect is quite striking, and is quite useful for tying in both pink or yellow-flowered plants in the border. The flowerheads top long, sturdy stems so they are excellent for cutting. 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.
Dahlia 'Karma Choc':The combination of the near-black, dark red flowers and the bronze-flushed foliage is a winner. The flowers, which keep appearing throughout the summer (especially if you keep picking them for the vase), are chocolate-scented and look like velvet - really plush and lovely. Plant it with other late summer bloomers with rich purple and plum coloured flowers. It also makes a wonderful contrast to silvery tones. 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.