Favorite Dahlias: Bold, Brassy Garden Performers{15}

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Good as gold dahlias

Good-as-gold dahlias (clockwise starting at the top): Big Brother, Maarn, Babylon Bronze (green center), and Philip Campos

Dahlias are born performers, no shrinking violets they. If Ethel Merman was a flower, she’d have been a dahlia, belting, upstaging, and headlining in every corner of the garden —a bold, brassy, broad-of-a-bloomer that lives out-loud unapologetically and center stage.  And like Broadway babes, no two dahlias are alike. So sit back, relax and watch a performance of my favorite dahlias, and be forewarned; there is no intermission from first bloom to first frost.

Alfred Grille dahlia

Alfred Grille dahlia

Brigitta Alida Dahlia

Brigitta Alida dahlia

Cafe au lait dahlias: as good as it gets

Cafe au lait dahlias: as good as it gets

Eveline dahlia

Eveline dahlia

Fleurel white dahlia

Fleurel white dinnerplate dahlia

Hillcrest Suffusion dahlia

Hillcrest Suffusion dahlia

Karma Dahlia "Naomi"

Karma dahlia “Naomi”

Favorite Dahlias: Making the Cut

  • vigorous growers
  • prolific bloomers
  • beautiful flowers
  • exceptional color
  • sturdy (and long) stems
  • sturdy petal structure
  • long-lasting cut flowers
Mudroom chorus line

Mudroom chorus line

Full Dahlia Disclosure: I grow a lot of dahlias for cut flower production and these are but of few of my favorites. The trouble is my intentions to write down names and varieties, and keep better records far exceeds the reality of my follow through. I usually tell myself, “Oh I can remember this variety.” Two months later, I’m scratching my head pondering a plant’s name. I promise to do better this upcoming growing season, and share my findings with you; but for now, this list should keep you dreaming through the cold winter months of the blooms to come.

So tell me, what are some of your favorite dahlias for a cutting garden?

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