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Dahlias: cherished for their diversity

Dahlias have become real favourites as summer-flowering bulbs in recent years. Once hampered by a rather stuffy image, this association has disappeared and they are now more popular than ever! One reason for this high regard is the diversity in heights that dahlias provide: they are available in very short varieties as well as very tall ones. This makes them suitable for any spot in the garden and absolutely adored by anyone who loves flowers.

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Short dahlias

The short dahlia varieties are the ones that grow no taller than 50 centimetres. Being this short, they are often referred to as 'dwarf dahlias' or 'short border dahlias'. These short dahlias are perfect for any sunny location in the garden where they will grow, remain compact and produce many flower stems. Since they never flop over and bloom tirelessly until the first frost, they are perfect of framing borders and paths. They also offer a wide range or flower shapes. The most popular short dahlias come from three groups: Mignon dahlias, Melody dahlias and Gallery dahlias.

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Tall dahlias

Tall dahlias grow to heights of 120 centimetres or more. Did you know that some can reach heights of more than two metres? Due to their height, their colourful flowers can appear in unexpected places in the garden to give it a flush of colour and lush appearance. Dahlias are simply must-haves for a cutting garden. Their stems are long and strong enough to be used as cut flowers. The more flowers you pick, the longer the dahlias will keep on blooming. What could be better? Tall dahlias do need some extra support, however, since the weight of their flowers makes them top-heavy. Under conditions of wind and rain, their tall stems can break. Tall dahlias also need a lot of water since their many leaves will transpire heavily during hot days. With not enough water, dahlias will grow slowly, produce few flowers and display yellowing leaves.

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