22 Jan Dillying with Dahlias
You can’t beat dahlias for adding color to your late summer garden. But you need to plan ahead. When my garden was younger, I busily installed all sorts of plants, but mostly those focused on creating garden structure, so not very many dahlias. I would always kick myself when the dahlias really started coming on in late summer in other people’s gardens,. The blooms just kept coming, starting in August, sometimes sooner, and kept going strong into September, October and often later still.
So now, I poke them in here & there in my small garden wherever I can find room, integrating them into my mixed borders. I try to plant enough so that I can enjoy plenty as cut flowers.
To be certain you don’t miss out on these late summer winners for your garden, make sure you get your tubers this spring. I’ll be doing my shopping at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show coming up February 20th – 24th in Seattle. Here’s a list of the dahlia specialists who will be offering a staggering array of choices in the Marketplace:
You can plant your new tubers as soon as danger of frost is past. If you find yourself caught up in a dahlia delirium, you might look for kinship with the Puget Sound Dahlia Association, as they will also have a booth at the show.
For more great gardening tips, visit Jasmine’s San Francisco Flower & Garden Show blog.