Trendsetting with dahlias


I have grown dahlias for as long as I have been a gardener and I have always found them to be super plants, flowering right through to the first frosts and giving the garden lots of colour.

I hope that 2015 will be a big year for dahlias, which have been increasing in popularity over the last few years. They are hard to beat for flower power, producing masses of blooms throughout summer. They thrive in sunny borders and many are perfect for patio containers.

They are available in a staggering range of colours and forms, giving the gardener the ultimate in flower power and versatility. They also make excellent cut flowers which is one of the reasons I have always grown them.

de Jager has just published their spring catalogue which contains a fantastic range of dahlias. They have 80 different varieties, including several that are new to the catalogue this year, so there is plenty to choose from.


Among the new varieties are six anemone flowered dahlias, including ‘Honey’, (pictured above) ‘Take Off’ and ‘The Phantom’. For something a little bit different you might like to try the Honkas with their eight-petalled, spidery flowers.

If your garden is on the smaller side or you want something compact for tubs grow the Collarette and Gallery varieties, which are perfect for growing at the front of the border or in any reasonable sized container.

To get your copy of de Jager’s spring catalogue email or to order online go to Online orders receive 10% off the catalogue price.