Dahlias are colourful plants ideal for use in mixed herbaceous or bedding borders to give a real splash of colour in late summer and early autumn. They are named after the Swedish botanist A. Dahl, which will help you remember the spelling!
The dramatic Karma Choc dahlia has an abundance of very dark red-purple – almost black – globe-shaped fully double flowers with a lovely velvet finish. Unusually for dahlias, it is fragrant, with an irresistable chociolate scent. This tuberous perennial is lovely combined with rich purple flowers or with contrasting silvery foliage. Plant in the centre of a border, or in a pot.
Classed as a ball or miscellaneous dahlia, D. Karma Choc is pretty in flower arrangements, and the long-stemmed blooms of Karma dahlias have been bred to last longer than other varieties when cut. Keep picking and deadheading dahlias to encourage even more blooms!
Hardiness: Half hardy
Height and Spread: 90cm x 45cm
Preferred Soil Type: Any fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil
Position: Full sun / Partial shade
Aspect: East, west or south facing, sheltered
Flowering Period: July – November
Care: Feed weekly, and water well in hot weather. The tall flower stems will require staking and tying in, but this is well worth the trouble for the magnificant display that they produce. Larger flowers can be obtained by pinching out the side buds and just keeping the terminal buds. Lift the tubers once the foliage has died back and store in a frost-free location in moist sand or compost.