Injecting color, drama and late-summer fireworks in the garden, dahlias look fabulous on their own or combined with other plants. Many are graceful and integrate well into most borders, creating appealing planting combinations and providing interest from mid summer until the first frost.

To help you plan your summer or early fall garden, here is a plant combination, in shades of glowing pink and soft lavender, which includes 3 fantastic Dahlias, 'Gerrie Hoek', 'The Phantom' and 'Karma Choc'.

They are interplanted with easy growing plants such as Aster 'Little Carlow', Ammi visnaga (Toothpick Weed), Pennisetum setaceum 'Rubrum' (Purple Fountain grass), Gladiolus' Milka' (Sword Lily), Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Rosea' (Mountain Fleece) and Santolina chamaecyparissus (Lavender Cotton).

Most plants make excellent fresh cut flowers that can be pleasantly enjoyed at home!