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Exceptional, Shorter Dahlias Explode With Color All Season


Blooming From Summer To First Frost, Border Dahlias Bring Extraordinary Color

Flower power well into fall without the fuss is what gardeners love about border dahlias. Standing just 2 feet tall, the Melody and Gallery dahlias are prolific bloomers, producing dozens of large, perfect flowers on compact, sturdy plants from late summer to the first frost.

In garden beds, borders and containers, these low maintenance flowers create an explosion of color and texture. They offer an incredible value for the money because they are versatile, simple to grow, easy to succeed with and produce many flowers per bulb, giving you big results. In addition to being lovely in gardens, these shorter varieties make excellent cut flowers to brighten and decorate every room in your home.

“Dahlias are one of the most beloved flowers in the garden,” says Hans Langeveld, president of Longfield Gardens, a purveyor of these unique dahlias. “They bloom nonstop summer to the first frost and are easy to grow and maintain.”

Dahlias’ big blooms are big on curb appeal! The shorter, compact dahlia varieties look great as welcoming borders along walkways, sidewalks and driveways. Their sturdy stems and foliage may be smaller in stature than the full size varieties, but the full sized blooms are quite large, giving big impact when planted in masses or used for layering.

“These shorter varieties work well as front-of-the-garden-bed plants, allowing the gardener to design the bed with taller perennials toward the back,” says Langeveld.

Langeveld adds that naturally compact varieties, like the Monet, offer an exquisite combination of ivory, pink, lilac and pale yellow.

With so many varieties to choose from in a multitude of colors, sizes, and shapes, there is a dahlia for every gardener. Check out the eight great dahlia looks at Longfield Gardens to select the perfect, easy to grow flowers.

Dahlia How-To:

Simply plant your dahlias, step back and enjoy. They are that easy.

“My favorite thing to do with these shorter dahlias is to plant them in clumps of threes,” says Langeveld. “They grow into each other, forming somewhat of a dahlia bush—it’s a terrific design technique and makes cutting the flowers easier.”

Dahlias grow from tubers, not bulbs, and are hardy only where the temperatures don’t dip below 20F so think of them as annual flowers.  Or dig them up after the plants have turned yellow in the fall and store them covered with dry sand, sawdust or vermiculite in a cool, dry place. These tubers can then head back out to the garden in spring once the soil is warm.

Whether overwintered with care or purchased new each year, the beauty that is the dahlia is something no garden should be without. No wonder dahlias are a favorite cut flower and a popular addition to a cutting garden.

About Longfield Gardens: Longfield Gardens is one of America’s top importers of quality flower bulbs. Longfield’s mission is to bring bulb gardening into every home, offer common sense planting information and stretch your dollar by offering competitive prices that are transparent. This simple approach to selling bulbs saves their customers time and money while increasing gardening success. Longfield Gardens carries an impressive selection of spring-planted, fall-planted and winter product lines, as well as information and inspiration. For more information, visit the website at www.longfield-gardens.com or visit the blog at blog.longfield-gardens.com.


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