Pastel 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)
White and cream can be added to most colour combinations to soften them, but they also look brilliant all on their own - eg the white garden at Sissinghurst Castle.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
Dahlia 'Wizard of Oz':Soft pink, pompom-shaped flowers appear in profusion above the lush green foliage from midsummer to the onset of the frosty weather. Their colouring makes them easy to mix and they look particularly effective with other pastel shades - or for a bit of added oomph, blend in some strong pink tones. The flowers last well after being cut and look exceptionall pretty in the vase.Grows to 80cm.
Dahlia 'Karma Prospero' (PBR):The ray-florets (petals) of this beautiful decorative dahlia are subtly streaked with creamy white and pale lilac-pink, so the overall effect is very soft. It's a dream to mix with other pastel shades as well as stronger pinks and plum.Grows to 80cm.
Dahlia 'Blue Boy':Well-formed lilac-pink flowers provide colour in the border for many months from midsummer. For an outstanding display mix it with most shades of pink or purple, as well as silvers and blues. 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.