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 purple and glowing apricot, which includes 4 ravishing Dahlias, 'Apricot Desire', 'Nepos', 'Thomas Edison' and 'Happy Single First Love'.

They are interplanted with easy growing plants such as Sedum telephium 'Purple Emperor', Eupatorium maculatum 'Gateway' (Joe-Pye Weed), Helenium 'Moerheim Beauty' and 'Loysder Wieck' (Sneezeweed) and Persicaria amplexicaulis 'Atrosanguinea' (Mountain Fleece).

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