Hints & Tips
While there is always a great deal of tasks to be getting on with for gardeners at this time of year – it can also be a good idea to keep an eye on some of the latest trends.
Garden writer and photographer Graham Rice has argued that dahlias have been out of fashion for some time now – after having enjoyed a considerable degree of popularity back in the 1980s.
However, in an article for the Daily Telegraph, the expert emphasised his belief that the showy flowers are making something of a comeback at the present time.
He explained that their dazzling colours mean that they can particularly stand out when planted along borders.
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Head gardener at Great Dixter Fergus Garrett also stated that the dahlia is back with a vengeance.
He attributed this to the fact that bright colours are fashionable more generally – and added that gardeners are becoming a lot more adventurous than they have been in the past.
The expert said that the most acceptable variety of the plant appears to be the single dahlia, due to its elegant foliage.
Mr Rice said that they will be "especially [popular among] the fainthearted good-taste brigade", adding that: "Single-flowered dahlias are graceful and are good blenders, integrating well into most borders, giving colour from midsummer until the first frost."