Plantidote of the Day 2011-05-24
There are so many different kinds of dahlias that even if you don't care for the tidy, honeycomb style shown above, there's probably one that you would like. Maybe the shaggy cactus dahlia, for example, or something a bit more traditional, like the anemone variety – there's something for everyone in the dahlia world!
Dahlias are not just beautiful and varied, though. According to the American Dahlia Society, they're very gardener friendly.
Dahlias are easy plants to grow and yield beautiful blooms from mid-summer through fall. In many respects, “dahlia culture” is similar to “tomato culture.” If you can grow tomatoes in your garden, you can successfully grow dahlias.
Never having grown dahlias, I don't have anything to add to that. But maybe readers who know more about these flowers will leave comments with suggestions and advice. They look like beautiful additions to a garden, and it's great that there's something in this family for every zone (Yay! Something we can all grow!!). But it's always nice to hear from people with actual firsthand experience!
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