Ruby jewels 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)
Each of these dahlias is beautiful in its own right, but when combined, they really look quite stunning. The collection is made even more interesting by the differing flower shapes, which helps to enliven the eye. Good for borders or the vase, they would look great with deep purples and a shot of chartreuse.
In each collection you will receive one tuber of each of the following cultivars.
Dahlia 'Ambition':This stunning cactus dahlia is a prolific bloomer, which produces masses of magenta-purple flowers, each up to 15cm across, for a long period from midsummer. When in flower it will grab centre stage with its jaw-dropping display. It is particularly effective amongst other bruised-toned summer flowers, or when pottd up on a sunny patio. Grows to 90cm.
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 'Purple Haze':The new 'petals' of this generously-sized dahlia are a deep plum colour, but as they age, they turn a vibrant magenta-pink, which looks stunning against the backdrop of dark green foliage. The flowerheads are held on long, red-flushed stems, so they are excellent for cutting. Grows to 60cm.
- 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.