Dahlias have 30 species and 20,000 cultivars which means a huge range of varieties. The range can include dwarf dahlias that don’t grow more than 12 inches in height and those that can grow taller than a man. There are also dahlias that only grow as wide as an inch as well as those that grow as large as a dining plate.
Dahlias were first discovered in Mexico during the 16th century. Its edible tubers first gained attention among botanists so it was regarded as a vegetable then rather than a flower.
Table of Contents
- Semi-Cactus and Cactus Dahlias
- Decorative Dahlias
- Ball and Pompon Dahlias
- Collarette and Anemone-Flowered Dahlias
- Single and Mignon Dahlias
- Orchid and Peony-Flowered Dahlias
- Miscellaneous Dahlias
- Ace Summer Emotions
- American Dream
- Babylon Pink
- Bishop of Auckland
- Bridge View Aloha
- Chat Noir
- Color Spectacle
- Gallery Art Deco
- Gallery Rembrandt
- Happy Single Wink
- Impression Fantastico
- Jowey Winnie
- Karma Choc
- Karma Red Corona
- Mick’s Peppermint
- Mystery Day
- Tam Tam
- Yellow Star
- The Best Dahlias for…
Dahlias can be divided into their shapes and types, which are described below.
Semi-Cactus and Cactus Dahlias
Great for zones 3-10, these flowers have beautiful dense spiny petals that are colored in dark peach-pink and yellow. They have yellow centers that protrude out and they bloom from July until the very first frost. If your city is unusually hot, you can plant the flowers in partial shade. They are perfect as cut flowers, borders, and even in containers. A truly stunning flower, the Alfred Grille has won over 200 international flower awards.
The winner of many international flower awards, it has spiky coral-pink petals that are gold-colored around the center, which is protruding and consists of both coral-pink and gold. It grows up to three feet high and does best in full sun or light shade. The petals can be as large as eight inches in width, and they make beautiful borders for anyone’s garden.
The Dutch Explosion Dahlias have bright white petals with bright purple tips and their double petals surround a large purple-white center. The petals are long and heavy but they are not a top-heavy flower. They have strong stems and the colors are so vivid that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of them. They look fuller and more attractive when planted in groups of five or more.
Another striking type of Dahlia, their bright red petals and white tips stand out among other types of flowers and their dark-green foliage contrasts nicely alongside the stunning petal colors. If your area gets strong winds, you may need to plant these flowers in a secluded area away from the elements. Because of their attractiveness, the Frigoulet is perfect in vases and in a shallow bowl.
With full blooms that start out in salmon-pink but become creamy white at the tips, this flower shimmers when you look at it; their petals can be as wide as six inches and the flower itself can grow to four feet high. If you deadhead the spent flowers, the look is even more attractive. They work best with moist soil that never gets dry during the blooming season.
Karma Bon Bini
With elongated, velvety petals that are colored bright orange-red with a golden-yellow heart, these flowers prefer either bright sun or partial shade. Even in rain, the flower stands up straight and tall and their color makes them truly eye-catching and beautiful. They can grow up to three feet in height and usually bloom from July to the first frost. Furthermore, their petals are sturdy even when you experience harsh weather.
This flower consists of light pink blooms with white tips, and the petals are full and spiky in shape. The protruding center adds ambiance to the flower and the blooms are quite large, up to eight inches in width. They are perfect in vases, containers, and as border plants.
These flowers’ petals point slightly at the tip and their color starts with a peach-pink and fades to creamy tips. They can grow up to four feet in height and they look great in vases and containers. They are perfect for zones 3-10 and the petals can be as wide as 10 inches.
The April Dawn Dahlias have white and pale-pink petals that match their centers, and they can grow up to six feet in height. These Dahlias have blooms that can be as wide as eight inches and if you deadhead the spent blooms, the flowers look even more amazing. They also do best in moist soil and when grown in full sun or partial shade. You’ll want to protect the flower from harsh winds by planting them away from the elements in a secluded location.
With a look similar to zinnias, the David Howards are apricot-orange in color, have a darker protruding center, and include foliage that is a dark purplish-bronze color. The winner of several international flower awards, these flowers look great in vases or large containers. They can grow up to three feet in height, making them a real eye-catcher.
With a large orange-yellow center, it has petals that are pink-salmon colored and full double blooms up to five inches wide. They can grow up to 26 inches in height and they need consistent moisture in order to look their best. Just the same as other Dahlias, you should plant at least five of them grouped together for a dense, full look. They are also able to remain upright even in harsh weather conditions, including hard rains.
Ball and Pompon Dahlias
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With dark-green foliage and bright pink petals, these flowers are shaped in perfect balls and have blooms that are two to three inches wide. Cute and lollipop-shaped, these Dahlias grow up to three feet in height and should always be planted in sheltered locations to protect them from harsh winds. They grow best in full sun or partial shade.
This Dahlia has dark-green foliage that is quite attractive and soft salmon-pink petals that can be as wide as four inches. They grow up to 40 inches tall and produce massive blooms from mid-summer until the first frost. They look great when placed next to tall grasses and asters that bloom during the summer months. If you deadhead, it can produce many more blooms.
Wizard of Oz
Looking just the same as the other balled Dahlias, these flowers have light-pink petals that get lighter at the tip and they can grow up to 32 inches in height. They have a commanding appearance, look great in containers or vases, and need consistent moisture to ensure they remain vibrant and attractive.
Collarette and Anemone-Flowered Dahlias
Blooming from July until the first frost, the Garden Show Dahlia has creamy-yellow petals that form a pincushion in the center and delicate, pale-pink petals with raspberry-colored streaks running through each petal. They are a full bloom that can easily withstand the elements and they grow up to three feet in height. They look great as borders or in large vases.
These Dahlias are quite stunning and a little unique from the others. With large, burgundy-dark red petals and smaller red-and-white petals on top of those, the flower is striking, especially because these vibrant colors come together in the protruding, bright-gold center. Its elegant petals make the flowers stand out and the blooms can grow as large as four inches in width. These flowers look beautiful as borders or floating in a shallow bowl.
Growing as tall as 40 feet in height, these flowers have pink-and-white petals that droop down elegantly and a dark-pink and yellow center that is wide and protruding. It needs consistent moisture in the soil to grow well but as long as you keep it damp and in the full sun, it can make a beautiful addition to anyone’s garden.
Single and Mignon Dahlias
Happy Single First Love
With wide, beautiful yellow-apricot petals and a small red ring near its dark-brown center, they are delicate and elegant-looking and can grow as high as two feet in height. These are single-bloom Dahlias that are best grown in full sun and light shade. They need continuously damp soil and they should be protected against harsh winds, preferably being placed in a secluded spot.
Similar to the First Love, these flowers have orange petals with orange-red highlights and a dark-brown center highlighted with bright-yellow spiky stamen. They can grow up to three feet high and do best in vases or containers. The recipient of numerous international flower awards, the Moonfire prefers full sun but should be planted in a secluded place to protect it from harsh weather.
The Waltzing Mathilda has petals that are slightly pointed at the tip and are colored in peach-coral and tinged in a cherry-red blush. They grow up to two feet high and have black-burgundy foliage, presenting a beautiful and eye-catching contrast. These Dahlias have won numerous international flower awards and they make great borders and flowers for vases.
Orchid and Peony-Flowered Dahlias
Bishop of Llandaff
This is one of the most popular types of Dahlias, due to its bright-red color and its look that is similar to peonies. Its burgundy, almost black foliage and dark center contrast with the bright red petals to make quite a stunning flower. The flower has won many prestigious flower awards and can get up to three feet high. They also look great in vases and as borders for your garden bed.
With eight petals in a star-shaped arrangement, the blooms are pink and white and surround a bright-gold center. For pollinators, this is a very popular type of Dahlia and they bloom from July until the first frost. The Honka Surprise should be deadheaded to keep its blooms looking spectacular and it needs consistent moisture and full sun.
This is a double-orchid variety that is pink-red and white and has petals that droop back slightly. The center is also pink and white and the plant grows up to two feet high. The flower has won numerous international flower awards, and it looks best when planted with at least four other blooms so that it has a full, dense look.
The Caballero is stunning with its broad, pointed red petals and gold trim and they can grow up to four feet high. The Caballero blooms from July to the first frost. They look better when planted in groups of five blooms because it makes the arrangement look fuller and more dense.
These are striking flowers because they have dark-red petals and bright-white tips. The centers are a little bit darker and the blooms can be as wide as eight inches. Growing up to three feet in height, the Duet has won numerous international flower awards and is stunning in anyone’s garden, regardless of what is surrounding it.
With soft-pink petals growing against its dark-green foliage, the Gerrie Hoek has a unique look that is sure to catch your attention. Growing up to four feet tall, this type of Dahlia blooms from July to the first frost and prefers full sun or light shade. If you place the flower in a vase or a shallow bowl, people are bound to notice it and its elegant look also makes it great for borders for your garden bed.
Peaches and Cream
As its name suggests, this peach-and-cream-colored Dahlia is a dense flower that is dotted with white at its tips. They can grow up to eight inches wide, are therefore quite large, and are considered decorative in nature. The Peaches and Cream is also perfect in vases and they should be protected against harsh winds and weather.
This flower has a center that is protruding and orange and white in color. The petals are golden-yellow with white tips and consist of double blooms that can be up to eight inches wide. They make a perfect addition to anyone’s garden and they can grow up to four feet high. Great for zones 3-10, they need consistently damp and moist soil as well as a sheltered location to protect the stems from the elements.
Ace Summer Emotions
Blooming from July to the first frost, this type of dahlia has large pink-lilac blooms with a tint of white near the center. The flowers can be up to 8 inches wide, and the plant itself gets up to 28 inches high. They are upright and sturdy, even lasting through heavy rain, and they do best in full sun and partial shade.
The Akita has blooms that are large and dark-crimson to red in color, with yellow towards the center and beautiful white tips. They are a striking color and can grow up to 5 inches wide. They have numerous layers of brightly colored petals that curve inward slightly, and they bloom in massive amounts from mid-Summer to the first frost. A real show-off for the garden!
The color in these flowers is what makes them so unique, because they are bright purple throughout the entire petal. They grow best when planted in partial shade to protect them against strong winds, and they look absolutely beautiful when placed in containers or vases. If you plant them in groups of 5 or more, they look simply stunning.
These flowers are bright-pink in color but have raspberry stripes throughout the petals, and they remain upright and strong even when it rains. They grow up to 40 inches high, and once you see them, you’ll understand why they have won so many international flower awards. The American Dream has double petals for blossoms that grow up to 10 inches wide, making them truly eye-catching.
This is a striking flower, with petals of pastel pink and splashes of rose-pink. Their double flowers get up to 8 inches wide, and they bloom from mid-Summer to the first frost. At a height of up to 44 inches, these tall beauties have won several international flower awards, and they do best if you provide enough moisture so that the soil never gets dry.
Bishop of Auckland
These look a little different than other dahlias, almost like a daisy, with roughly 8 petals that are fairly spread out and very dark centers. They are a glowing red color and have lacy foliage that is deep-red to black in color, with dark centers surrounded by small bright-yellow spikes. Great for zones 3-10, this flower looks beautiful in borders and in vases or containers.
The Bitsy dahlia is a beautiful shade of lavender-lilac with creamy-white near the center. They look great in containers and vases, and their double blooms are quite impressive. Best when grown in full sun or partial shade, these flowers look great when grown in large groups and grow about 18 inches high, making them great for borders as well.
Bridge View Aloha
With petals that are almost spiked, they are bright-yellow in color with beautiful scarlet tips. They grow profusely from mid-Summer to the first frost, and they have won several international flower awards. They grow extra-tall, up to nearly 5 feet in height, and if they are deadheaded they produce even more flowers.
With beautiful, sea urchin-like petals that are colored rich, deep-red for flowers up to 8 inches in width, the Chat Noir grows up to 4 feet in height and stands strong and straight even when it rains. Because they contain little water, they are not top-heavy, and they look beautiful in containers, vases, and even in a shallow bowl.
These have beautiful coral-orange double petals with bright-white tips, and they can get up to 10 inches in width. Their velvety petals have a bright and cheery look, which is one of the many reasons they have won numerous international flower awards. They look beautiful in any garden and are perfect for showing off to visitors.
Just like their name suggests, these flowers have double petals that are bright, dark-red with bright white tips, providing an amazing contrast. They grow up to 3 feet in height and look beautiful in both formal and informal arrangements. The Contraste dahlias are very decorative, and they should be kept in the shade if you experience strong winds where you live.
The Eveline is unique in that it is a beautiful creamy-white color and has light lavender tips and centers. It is an elegant flower with double petals and beautiful long stems that get up to 4 feet high. They look especially stunning when planted in groups of five or more, and they are beautiful when placed in vases and containers.
Gallery Art Deco
A unique type of dahlia, the petals are profuse and coral-pink color but have deep-red undersides. They look beautiful next to patios, decks, and balconies, and their blooms grow up to 4 inches wide. A compact flower that has won numerous international flower awards, the Gallery Art Deco dahlia prefers full sun and partial shade, and it grows more blooms if you deadhead.
With lilac-rose petals that fade into a light-pink, this dahlia blooms massively from mid-Summer to the first frost, and it can grow up to 16 inches high. It is considered a dwarf variety, and it looks best when planted with five or more plants together. The winner of several international flower awards, this dahlia can handle even hot summers without drooping or scorching.
Happy Single Wink
Their wide single petals are bright red with bright-pink tips and have yellow spikes in the center. It is a bright, cheery flower that gets up to 4 inches wide and 32 inches high. Butterflies and bees love them, and they bloom from late-Summer to the Fall. It looks beautiful in garden beds, containers, and in vases, and it prefers moist, well-drained soil.
With elegant, magenta and purple petals, these flowers have beautiful yellow centers and short, magenta-and-white smaller petals around the center. They look great surrounding decks, balconies, and patios, and they prefer moist soil that isn’t allowed to get too dry. They also look great when planted in groups and look beautiful in vases and containers.
A little different because it is shaped like a large ball, its petals are soft salmon-pink and it gets up to 4 inches wide. It has tall, strong stems that get up to 40 inches high, and it looks beautiful in any garden you put it in. Best in zones 3-10, the Jowey Winnie has large double blooms and is a real eye-catcher.
The Jura has large double blooms and is a creamy-white with lilac-pink at its tips. The exceptional blooms are striking and look great with its beautiful foliage, and if you deadhead you can get additional blooms. It does best when you don’t let the soil get dry, and it is stunning in vases, containers, and as the centerpiece of your garden.
With velvet-like, dark-red color that gets almost black in the center, this is a striking plant that will certainly catch everyone’s attention. It grows up to 3 feet high and does well in full sun and partial shade. The stems are sturdy and stay strong and upright even in heavy rains, and it looks beautiful in vases and containers.
Karma Red Corona
The Karma Red Corona has eye-catching fiery-red petals that are elongated and very elegant. Blooming well even in hot summers, this type of dahlia grows up to 3 feet tall and is a member of the cactus dahlia variety. It should always be protected from strong winds, and it blooms massively from July to the first frost.
This flower is very large, getting up to 10 inches in diameter, and it has petals that are white and splashed with hot-pink markings. They are striking in any garden they’re in, and they grow up to 4 feet in height. If you live in a cool area, you can dig up the bulbs and store them for next season, and they also look great in containers and vases.
Mystery Day dahlias have large petals that are purple-red in color with bright-white tips. Blooming from July to the first frost, this flower’s contrasting colors make it stand out among the other flowers, and it also means the flowers look great in borders, vases, and as the centerpiece of your garden.
With sparse single petals in bright yellow and deep-orange towards the center, this dahlia grows up to 8 inches wide and once you see it, you’ll understand why it has won so many flower awards. The Sunshine looks great in containers and borders, and they have strong stems that can even withstand heavy rains, meaning they will attract attention the entire time they’re blooming.
With dark-green foliage and deep-burgundy petals that form an almost perfect ball, these dahlias make a striking display regardless of where they are planted. They grow up to 30 inches high and look beautiful in vases and containers. They also last a long time, even after cutting, and have blossoms that grow up to 4 inches wide.
This type of dahlia has elongated petals that are bright butter-yellow for blossoms up to 6 inches in width. They bloom in massive amounts from mid-Summer to the first frost, and they need to be protected from spaces that experience strong winds and soil that becomes too dry. They are easy to grow and prefer full sun and partial shade.
The Best Dahlias for…
Low borders and containers:
- Ellen Huston
- F. Hemerik
- Happy Single First Love
- Happy Single Party
- Happy Single Romeo
- Happy Single Wink
- Impression Fabula
- Impression Fantastico
- Impression Festivo
- Impression Fortuna
- Impression Fuego
- Park Princess
- Star’s Favorite
Contrasting dark foliage:
- Bishop of Auckland
- Bishop of Llandaff
- Bishop of Oxford
- David Howard
- Ellen Huston
- Happy Single First Love
- Happy Single Party
- Happy Single Romeo
- Happy Single Wink
- Magenta Star
- Melody Harmony
- Mystic Spirit
- Twyning’s After Eight
Placement in vases (cut flowers):
- Alfred Grille
- Chat Noir
- Karma Bon Bini
- Karma Choc
- Karma Corona
- Karma Irene
- Karma Lagoon
- Karma Sangria
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