Dahlias are absolutely breathtaking flowers. Flowering for months, they inject color and drama wherever you grow them: in mixed borders in the garden, in containers or window boxes on balconies and on patios.
They are available in a rich variety of bloom colors, shapes and sizes. Flowers can be as small as 2 inches in diameter or up to one foot. They can be single-flowering (orchid-flowering, anemone and collarettes) or double flowering (cactus, semi-cactus, formal or informal decorative dahlias, ball and pompons). Their wide height range can start as low as 12 inches and go up to 6 feet.
Peony Dahlias are open centered flowers with two or more rows of large and voluptuous petals surrounding a disc. For many years the most popular Peony-Flowered Dahlia was a cultivar called D. ‘Bishop Llandaff’, an heirloom variety that dates back to 1927. It has open deep-red flowers with nearly black, mahogany foliage.
Orchid Dahlias are also open centered flowers with one ray of florets surrounding a disc (Single Orchid) or a fully double bloom showing no disc (Double Orchid). The florets involute for two-thirds or more of their length.
There are hundreds of Peony and Orchid Dahlias (!!!). Here is the list of our favorites.