White and creams 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
- Flower colour: Cream
- Other features: excellent cut-flowers
- 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 'My Love': The creamy white petals of this gorgeous cactus dahlia radiate out from a greenish yellow centre. Dahlias are perfect for adding several months of colour to the mixed or herbaceous border as they will usually flower from midsummer to mid-autumn. Make sure you plant more than you need, as they are excellent when cut too. Grows to 125cm.
Dahlia 'Lady Kate' (PBR):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 from midsummer to the end of autumn, this creates a multicolured effect, which looks really pretty in the border. Grows to 100cm.
Dahlia 'Tsuki-yori-no-shisha':Impressive flowerheads (up to 20cm across) are packed with lots of petal-like ray-florets, each divided at their tips to create a feathery effect. This semi-cactus Dahlia originates from Japan, but will make a big splash in your garden here in the UK. 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.