So many dahlias, so many choices…Here are just a few favourite dahlia varieties grown in our garden this past year!
When we decided to grow dahlias a few years back, we didn’t exactly know what we were getting into. Dahlias are extremely beautiful to say the least. They are also pretty easy to grow, for the most part.
They are stunning to look at, and breathtaking in a bouquet. People just can’t resist them! They are uncommon, romantic and appealing. They come in a multitude of colors, shapes and forms.
Dahlias flower later in the summer, and are well worth the wait. They flower for a long time once they start to bloom, and will continue to bloom until frost. In our very first year at the farm we had blooms until October 31st. The dahlias continued to bloom after nearly everything else was faded and brown.
This post is about 11 awesome dahlia varieties grown in our garden this year, along with pictures of each one.
1. Islander Dahlia
The blooms on this dahlia were absolutely amazing. Very large and breathtaking, although a bit awkward in the bouquets due to it’s size.Will definitely continue to grow this beautiful dahlia.
2. KA’s Cloud Dahlia
This dahlia is absolutely stunning. It is a Cafe Au Lait kid, and has a lot of qualities of this parent, which I love. The subtle mauve color is outstanding and it really sets off any bouquet.
We weren’t able to find it in Canada , however were able to get our hands on it from Swan Island Dahlias in the US. We will be growing this one for a long time!
3. Breakout Dahlia
Breakout is such a romantic dahlia. I loved putting it together with many blooms of this same variety, along with green mist ammi and green amaranth.
It has multiplied like crazy for us and we will be growing a nice sized row of Breakout next year, all going well.
4. Sonic Bloom Dahlia
Sonic Bloom was very popular in our bouquets this year. It is the perfect size for farmhouse bouquets, mixed with other annuals like zinnias and celosia. It was able to provide an amazing pop of color.
This dahlia has also done very well in our garden, and multiplied with ease.
5. Labyrinth Dahlia
Labyrinth dahlia is absolutely amazing. With it’s multi tonal colouring and it’s somewhat variegated appearance it blends extremely well with a variety of other cut flowers.
This flower is one of my most favourite dahlias and favourite cut flowers in a bouquet. Of course you will have to try it for yourself to see what you think!
6. Cafe Au Lait Dahlia
What is not to love about this beautiful, feminine dahlia? It has been around for for quite awhile, and never gets old. We have used these blooms in our bouquets, and have supplied to florists for wedding work.
I collected some seed from my Cafe Au Laits this year. Although I did not find many, only just a handful, I will be planting these out this spring to see what will grow!
7. Maarn Dahlia
Maarn provided the perfect orange punch to the farmhouse bouquets. We had many rows of this beautiful dahlia and it produced well throughout the whole season.
We ended up losing many of these tubers, which were kept in the farmhouse and were exposed to freezing temperatures. Luckily we had saved some of the tubers in a warmer location, so we can rebuild our stock again starting next year.
8. Sweet Love Dahlia
Sweet Love dahlia is a sweet, feminine bloom that produces prolifically for us. Very lovely, and has been given the perfect name.
This dahlia is the perfect size for our farmhouse bouquets, and combines well with a variety of other annual flowers.
9. Wine Eyed Jill Dahlia
Wine Eyed Jill is a sweet little dahlia with a wine coloured centre. I couldn’t resist it since it has the same name as one of my dearest people.
I do admit that when I bought it I thought it referred to something else. Needless to say it is a darling dahlia and we will continue to have it in our garden.
10. Valley Rust Bucket Dahlia
You can’t beat the glowing pop of orange color in this beautiful dahlia. I love to combine it with other variations of corals and pinks.
I have always loved the orange colored dahlias in the farmhouse bouquets. Their intense colors really make a statement.
Valley Rust Bucket is no exception. This color really pops. It is a deeper orange than Maarn, and is a good alternate orange for the bouquets.
11. L’Ancresse Dahlia
L’Ancresse dahlia is a beautiful white dahlia. Although it has not produced many tubers for us to this point, it is one of the white dahlias in our garden that doesn’t seem too bothered by insect pressure.
Insects seem to love the lighter blooms of most of our white dahlias, and it’s hard to find blooms without chew marks. L’Ancresse has done better than most whites for us in this regard. We will definitely be growing it again!
Have you grown any awesome dahlia varieties in your garden? Be sure to leave a comment below to share your experience!