Dahlias are gorgeous flowers. Available in different colors, shapes, and sizes. They’re one of the most suitable flowers for the summer season due to their bright colors.

Most of the garden centres listed in EUgardens, 180 for now, sell Dahlias.

Dahlias are all about elegance, love and inner strength. For the Aztecs, this flower was a religious symbol. It also represented a commitment or eternal bond during the Victorian era. Its combination with other flowers creates a breathtaking sight for the eyes of your loved ones.

They usually bloom from midsummer to autumn.

The dahlia was named for Anders Dahl (Swedish botanist), born on March 17, 1751.

In the 16th century, dahlias grew wild on the hillsides in parts of Mexico. There, they were “discovered” by the Spanish, who remarked on the plant’s beauty.

Both dahlia flowers and tubers are edible. The tubers taste like a cross between a potato and a radish.

Quick facts

  • Moderately easy to grow
  • Flowers from summer through autumn
  • Like fertile, well-drained soil in sun
  • Deadhead to boost flowering
  • Not hardy, so protect from freezing conditions
  • In most of the UK, store tubers indoors over winter
  • Make new plants from cuttings, division or seed

The Dahlia you brought to our isle
Your praises forever shall speak

Mid gardens as sweet as your smile
And color as bright as your cheek
–Lord Holland (1773–1840)

Most of the garden centres listed in EUgardens, 180 for now, sell Tecoma radicans.

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