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Dahlia ‘My Love’

My Love Dahlia, Semi-Cactus Dahlia

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Dahlia ‘My Love’ is an exceptional dahlia variety, offering a delightful combination of elegant white blooms, robust growth, and a spiky yet graceful form. Its adaptability and stunning appearance make it a prized choice for gardeners and floral designers alike. Whether used to enhance the beauty of a garden, as a standout in floral arrangements, or as part of a competitive display, ‘My Love’ continues to impress with its purity, form, and horticultural charm.

Dahlia ‘My Love’: An In-depth Look

Dahlia ‘My Love’ is a captivating semi-cactus dahlia renowned for its elegant and distinctive flowers. This type is characterized by long, pointed petals that roll back towards the stem, giving the flower a spiky yet graceful appearance. ‘My Love’ stands out with its pure white petals, offering a classic and refined look.

Native: Dahlias are native to Mexico and Central America. This cultivar results from extensive breeding and does not occur naturally in the wild.

Plant Type and Habit: This dahlia is a tuberous-rooted perennial with a bushy, upright growth habit. This variety is known for its strong stems and consistent growth, making it a reliable choice for gardeners.

Size: It generally reaches about 48 inches in height (120 cm) and spreads around 18-24 inches (30-60 cm), depending on growing conditions.

Flowers: The flowers of ‘My Love’ are notable for their pristine white color. They are medium to large in size, usually measuring around 6 inches (15 cm) in diameter. The long, slender petals curl gracefully at the tips, creating a striking semi-cactus form that adds an element of sophistication to the bloom. They radiate out from a greenish-yellow heart.

Bloom Time: Blooming from mid-summer until the first frost it provides long-lasting color in the garden.

Foliage: The foliage is a lush green, providing a fresh and vibrant backdrop for its colorful blooms. The leaves are compound and arranged symmetrically along the stems, contributing to the plant’s overall healthy and full appearance.

Uses: ‘My Love’ is highly versatile, making it a superb choice for cutting gardens and stunning in floral arrangements. Its pure white blooms and robust growth make it a spectacular focal point in garden borders and mixed beds. Additionally, the striking contrast between its blooms and the green foliage makes it an ideal candidate for container gardening.

Hardiness: Dahlias are hardy in USDA zones 8-11. In colder zones, tubers need to be lifted and stored over winter.

Toxicity: Dahlias are toxic to dogs, cats, and horses. Their ingestion can lead to gastrointestinal upset and other health issues in pets and livestock.

Wildlife: The flowers attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

Deer and Rabbit: Dahlias are somewhat resistant to deer and rabbits but may still be vulnerable to browsing.

Invasiveness: Not invasive; dahlias grow from tubers and do not spread aggressively.

Dahlia Growing Tips

Light: Dahlias love the sun, so choose a location with at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily.

Soil: Dahlias prefer well-drained, loamy soil. They don’t tolerate water-logged conditions, so if your soil is heavy clay, consider amending it with compost or peat moss to improve drainage.

Planting Time: Dahlias are usually planted in the spring after the risk of frost has passed and the soil has warmed up.

Planting Depth: Dahlia tubers should be planted about 4 to 6 inches (10-15 cm) deep, with the “eye” (the small bump from where the stem will grow) facing upward.

Watering: Dahlias like consistent moisture. Water them deeply a couple of times a week, more often if your area is experiencing a drought. Avoid overhead watering to reduce the risk of fungal diseases.

Fertilizing: Dahlias respond well to low-nitrogen fertilizers, such as a 5-10-10 or 10-20-20. Too much nitrogen can lead to lush, leafy growth and fewer flowers.

Deadheading: Regularly removing the spent flowers (deadheading) will keep your dahlias producing more blooms.

Overwintering: In colder climates (zones 7 and below), you’ll need to dig up and store the tubers indoors over the winter.

Pests and Diseases: Dahlias are generally relatively disease and pest-resistant, but there are a few common issues to watch out such as aphidsbotrytis blightearwigs, powdery mildew, slugs and snailsspider mites, and thrips.

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 - 12
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 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
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, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Rudbeckia fulgida (Black-Eyed Susan)
Crocosmia (Montbretia)
Helenium (Sneezeweed)

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
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 3' - 4'
(90cm - 120cm)
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, Bees
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Cutting Garden, Informal and Cottage, City and Courtyard
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Do I Need?
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