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Peony-Flowered and Orchid Dahlias

Peony Dahlias, Orchid Dahlias


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.

Guide Information

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 10
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Dahlias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage
Compare All Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Guides with Dahlias

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 10
Climate Zones 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Bulbs, Perennials
Plant Family Dahlias
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage
Compare All Dahlias Great Plant Combination Ideas with Dahlias Guides with Dahlias

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