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Dahlia ‘Bishop of Auckland’

Bishop of Auckland' Dahlia, Peony-Flowering Dahlias, Miscellaneous Dahlias

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Dahlia 'Bishop of Auckland','Bishop of Auckland' Dahlia, Peony-Flowering Dahlias, Single-Flowered Dahlias, Miscellaneous Dahlias, Red Dahlia Flowers, Dahlia Tubers, Dahlia Bulbs, Dahlia Flower, Dahlia Flowers, summer bulbs
Dahlia 'Bishop of Auckland','Bishop of Auckland' Dahlia, Peony-Flowering Dahlias, Single-Flowered Dahlias, Miscellaneous Dahlias, Red Dahlia Flowers, Dahlia Tubers, Dahlia Bulbs, Dahlia Flower, Dahlia Flowers, summer bulbs

With lacy, deep purple to near black foliage set against masses of glowing red flowers, Dahlia ‘Bishop of Auckland’ is a particularly striking Dahlia. Effect in the garden guaranteed! The single flowers, up to 4 in. wide (10 cm) blend in nicely with other plants and add welcomed color and form to the late summer and fall borders. This glorious dahlia variety is considered the best of the Bishop series. Great dahlia for pollinators!

  • Blooming massively from July until Frost, this dahlia grows up to 36 inches (90 cm) and is an excellent choice to create a lovely garden display or for showing.
  • A great pick for borders, containers or as cut flowers thanks to its superb vase life. Did you know that the more you cut Dahlia flowers, the more flowers you get? This makes Dahlias twice as nice: pretty in a vase, pretty in the garden. A great big flower in a vase or floating in a shallow bowl makes the perfect eye-catcher.
  • Best flowering occurs in full sun, but light shade will be welcomed in hot summer areas.
  • Provide consistent moisture during the growing season and do not allow soils dry out. Plant in a sheltered location to protect your dahlias from strong winds.
  • Best in groups of 5 for best visual effect. Deadhead spent flowers to promote growth of additional flower buds.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.
  • If you live in a cool area (hardiness zones 3-7) and you want to save your dahlia bulbs, or more precisely, your dahlia tubers for next spring, you may dig them up before the first frost and store them over winter before replanting them next spring. Store them in boxes, covered with moistened sand in a cool, dark, frost-free place where temperature remains between 45-50 °F (7-10°C).
  • This Dahlia is a member of the Peony-Flowered Dahlias which feature open centered flowers with two or more rows of petals surrounding a disc. For many years the most popular Peony-flowered Dahlia was the cultivar Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’, an heirloom variety that dates back to 1927. It has given rise to several equally gorgeous varieties like ‘‘Bishop of Oxford’ (light orange), ‘Bishop of Canterbury’ (purple), ‘Bishop of Auckland‘ (deep red) or ‘Bishop of York’ (yellow). These dark-leaved Dahlias make real eye-catchers!

Dahlias come originally from Central and South America, particularly Mexico where they are the national flower. In their homeland, their natural habitats are cool moist mountain slopes. Their flowers were prized for their beauty early on, and the Aztecs used the tubers as a food crop as well as for medicinal purposes. Botanists who boarded the ships of the Spanish conquistadores discovered the imposing flower in the 17th century. Europeans first tested them as a food crop but soon admired them for their beautiful flowers. The plant was named in honor of A. Dahl, a Swedish botanist. This scientific name became so established that a common name for dahlias never took hold.
During the nineteenth century, the dahlia began stealing the hearts of people all over the world; today there are 20,000 different varieties. And every one is a descendent of one of the original species such as Dahlia rosea.

Dahlia: Plant Care and Growing Guide


Learn how to plant, grow and care for Dahlia flowers and add a bright pop of summer color to your garden

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 11
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 Compositae
Genus Dahlia
Common names Dahlia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Dahlia ‘American Dawn’
Dahlia ‘Babylon Red’
Dahlia ‘Silver Years’
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Recommended Companion Plants

Pennisetum villosum (Feathertop Grass)
Agastache ‘Blue Fortune’ (Giant Hyssop)
Nepeta racemosa ‘Walker’s Low’ (Catmint)
Dahlia ‘Karma Fuchsiana’
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Crocosmia (Montbretia)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)
Cannas (Canna Lilies)
Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-Eyed Susan)

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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.
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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 11
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 Compositae
Genus Dahlia
Common names Dahlia
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 2' - 3'
(60cm - 90cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" - 24"
(50cm - 60cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Do I Need?
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