Growing Dahlias

white dahlias

Dahlias make me happy. They’re such beautiful flowers that come in a superabundance of shapes, colors, and sizes.  Their sharp structure is a nice contrast against the soft petals of my garden roses; the mix is so lovely.

In my garden, I always have a section devoted to dahlias. I like to plug in some starter five gallon cans of dahlias to get a jump on the joy while I wait for the ones in the ground to bloom. I continue to add and add and add, typically forgetting what bulbs I already had in the ground. It’s like a surprise party every time I go out there and see fresh blooms.  This method (or madness, depending on how you look at it) helps me have continued color and flowers in the garden from the beginning of summer until the middle of fall.

When the dahlias start to show themselves we stake them with two bamboo sticks. As they grow, we harness them to the sticks for support so they don’t flop over.

Sometimes, I like to incorporate the closed buds into my arrangements for variety of height and shape, and if you do the same just don’t expect the bud to open up.  Dahlias aren’t like roses and peonies — they generally won’t continue to open if cut for arrangements.

Here are a few of my happy blooms— from ground, to garden, to the table.



in the garden

garden roses and dahlias

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6 thoughts on “Growing Dahlias”

Hi Deborah. Go for it! Though, it’s probably best to start them as existing plants rather than planting the tubers.
Good luck!

Thank you!
Dahlias are tubers (thin skinned bulb) and because I live in Southern California, where the climate is warmer, I leave them in the ground for the next season.

Eu adoro plantas em geral, mas tenho preferencia pelas que dão flores .Fui criada em um grande sítio ,com variações de plantas;Minha avó tinha dalias em seus jardins e minha mãe tbm,lembro muito bem da minha infancia ,da saudades .tenho variações de plantas em minha casa .Sou casada e tenho duas filhas adolescente que adoram plantas tbm .Adorei conhecer esse site ;sou moradora do Rio de Janeiro e aqui o clima é otimo para varias plantas em geral .Tenho um pequeno pedaço de terra,estou pensando em plantar árvores frutiferas ,criar aves e etc… Tenho um cavalo,e claro vou fazer um grande jardim ,foi bom eu conhecer esse site por que eu acabei lembrando das dálias e vou planta-las tbm em um enorme jardim .Sera que com o verão chegando elas vão dar flores e se dar bem com o clima da qui ?beijos até mais .rsrs

Hi Patrícia,

Thank you for the kind words! I’m glad to hear that dahlias bring back so many good memories.


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