Dahlias, Darling!

Feast your eyes on 20 of these sumptuous blooms.
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Photo By: Image courtesy of Felicia Feaster

Photo By: Photo by Felicia Feaster

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Dahlia 'Spectacular'

Dahlia 'Spectacular', introduced in 1967, is truly a showstopper.

'Gallery Rembrandt' Dahlia

The Longfield Gardens Gallery Series is comprised of a range of compact dahlias named after painters and art movements, like this 'Gallery Rembrandt'.

Roxy Dahlia Mixes Purple Foliage with Pink Blooms

The dahlia 'Roxy' is a popular form, with a striking combination of dark purple foliage and magenta-pink flowers.

Dahlia 'Karma Sangria'

This arresting semi-cactus dahlia, 'Karma Sangria', features shades of soft yellow and pink.

'Gallery Pablo' Dahlia

These stunning 'Gallery Pablo' dahlias bloom in shades of rose, melon and yellow and their compact size makes them perfect for containers.

The 'David Howard' Dahlia

The dark leaves of the 'David Howard' dahlia are the perfect backdrop for the smoky-orange flowers.

Dahlia 'Tommy Keith'

This pompom "fancy" dahlia cultivar, 'Tommy Keith', has been around since 1846.

Dahlia 'Pink Jupiter'

The 'Pink Jupiter' is a giant semi-cactus dahlia with a sumptuous, expressive form.

Dahlia 'Doris Day'

A 1952 stunner, dahlia 'Doris Day' is named for the squeaky-clean film star.

Dahlia 'HS Wink'

Perky 'HS Wink' boasts lilac pink iridescent petals and is ideal for cut flower arrangements.

Dahlia 'Maarten Zwaan'

Growers and connoisseurs show off every imaginable variety of their preferred flower at Chelsea. 'Maarten Zwaan' is a white variety with a yellow-green center that has a shape similar to a waterlily. 

Dahlia 'Bishop of Llandaff'

'Bishop of Llandaff' is a vividly colored fuchsia heirloom dahlia that dates from 1928.

Dahlia 'Magenta Star'

'Magenta Star' is a deep magenta pink dahlia that is beautifully complemented by its dark foliage.

Dahlia 'Edge of Gold'

Dahlia 'Edge of Gold' is an old-fashioned favorite that is great for a cutting garden.

Dahlia 'Ballego's Glory'

Exquisite color radiates from sassy 'Ballego's Glory'.

Dahlia 'Mystery Day'

These superstars of the late-summer garden have a dual flower personality. Some cultures think they represent dignity and eternal commitment, but others believe them to mean treachery and sterility. 'Mystery Day' is one of the cultivars grown by Cal Lemke at the University of Oklahoma Department of Botany and Microbiology.

Dahlia 'Edinburgh'

Dahlia 'Edinburgh' is an heirloom—or heritage—in British parlance from 1950.

Dahlia 'Thomas Edison'

'Thomas Edison' is an oldie, introduced in the 1940s, so you know it’s a winner because it’s still around.

Dahlia ‘Spartacus’

Every garden needs a wow moment, and no one ever accused a dahlia of being shy. There are oodles of varieties, but the biggest-blooming cultivars have flowers the size of dinner plates. ‘Spartacus’, shown here, generally reaches nine inches across.

'Yellow Hammer' Dahlia

The dahlia 'Yellow Hammer' is a dwarf dahlia with clear yellow flowers and contrasting near-black foliage.