Romantic dahlia collection
- 2+1 FREE collections
- 1 collection
- Standard £4.95
- Position: full sun
- Soil: fertile, humus-rich soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: half hardy (may need winter protection)
Soft, subtle hues that create a dreamy effect. If you want you can introduce some stronger pinks or purples, or pad them out with some whites.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following.
- Dahlia 'Lady Kate': A recently introduced decorative dahlia, with good-sized flowers that open blush pink, but fade to creamy white as they mature. As there are usually lots of flowers on each plant at any one time, this creates a multicolured effect, which looks really pretty in the border. Grows to 100cm.
- Dahlia 'Teesbrook Audrey': Much sought after by the bees, this charming colarette dahlia has a single oute of broad, pale pink ray florets, which surround the yellow/cream 'collar'. The overall effect is soft and subtle, so it mixes really easily with a wide range of other colours, including pastels and stronger hues. Grows to 80cm.
- Dahlia 'Veritable': Dazzling hot pink starbursts, each with a creamy white heart, appear in profusion, adding a bright shot of colour to borders from midsummer - sometimes until the first frosts. It's a relatively tall cultivar and the flowers top long stems, which makes it perfect for cutting. Grows to 120cm.
- 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.