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 curvaceous Waltzing Mathilda Dahlia is a semi-double variety. The slightly twisted petals are in eye-catching sunset colours of orange and coral pink, and the small blooms (up to 5cm across) are held on purple stems. With gorgeous dark green foliage, and an upright, columnar habit, this is a great dahlia for a pot, or plant towards the front of a border.
This tuberous perennial is classed as a peony-flowered form of dahlia.
The vibrant blooms of D. Waltzing Mathilda are luscious in flower arrangements, and last well when cut. Keep picking and deadheading dahlias to encourage even more blooms!
A recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence in the garden.
Tubers per pack: 5
Hardiness: Half hardy
Height and Spread: 70cm 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
Planting: Plant outside after risk of frost has passed, 15cm deep, 55cm apart; or start off in pots under glass in late winter to early spring.
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.