Garden jewels dahlia collection 6+3 Free tubers
- 1 collection
- 2+1 FREE collections
- Bulbs (only) £4.95
- Named Day £14.95
Buy the collection of 3 dahlias (1 of each variety) for £14.99 or buy 2 collections for £29.98 and get another collection FREE.
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: half hardy (may need winter protection)
Add sumptuous colour to your borders with these lavish-looking dahlias. They will start to flower in midsummer and if cut regularly (they make long-lived additions to the vase) they will continue to bloom well into autumn.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars:
Dahlia 'Arabian Night': 'Arabian Night' has masses of fully double, dark wine-red flowers with slightly incurved petals from June until the first frosts. Under certain light the petals of this small dahlia appear almost black, which makes them an ideal companion for plum-coloured flowers and foliage plants. Grows to 1.2m.
Dahlia 'Dark Spirit': The rich colouring of the flowerheads adds depth and body to the colour palette, while their neat, uniform shape provides structural interest. A stunning addition to the border, it will also flourish in a pot on a sunny patio - and the flowers will last for ages when cut for the vase. Grows to 90cm.
Dahlia 'Thomas A. Edison': We wanted this decorative dahlia as its flower colour is so easy to mix with a wide range of other shades. The medium-sized blooms are crammed with magenta pink petals, which tend to be a touch paler towards their outer edges. They are also excellent for cutting, which will encourage more to form. Grows to 1m.
- 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.
- Humans/Pets: Ornamental bulbs - not to be eaten