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It’s a double bubble! The nursery is popping with colour right now with so many stunning summer plants we couldn’t pick just one, in fact, just two was pretty hard! 

Dahlias

Dahlias are without doubt a star of the summer garden, they are beautiful as bedding flowers and extremely popular as a cut flower. They are best planted outdoors once any risk of frost has passed. 

Find a sunny spot in the border or position your pot in the sun. Add granular feed to the compost and, once you have planted your Dahlia, water regularly to establish. Make sure to direct your can or hose to the bottom of the plant and really soak it down to the roots.

Once planted they will need watering and a good guide is around an inch of water a week. Too much water is worse than too little with Dahlias so don’t over water, less is more. You’ll also need to consider support as they grow, some remain quite small whilst others can grow to 4-5ft tall so tying to stakes will help avoid them leaning or breaking.

When cutting it’s important to remember that Dahlias don’t open once they are cut! We suggest you cut them early in the morning and when they are about three quarters open. As the flowers fade, cut back the stems to a leaf joint, as this will encourage the plant to keep producing new buds.

Useful Information about Dahlias – 

  • They are perennials.
  • They flower in July, August and September.
  • Their foliage is deciduous.
  • They like a sheltered spot but like the sun.
  • They are happy in any well drained soil.
  • They attract wildlife to your garden.  (More tips here
  • They make great cut flowers.

You can learn more about Dahlias in our A Focus on Dahlias including frequently asked questions. 

Delphiniums 

Delphiniums are a traditional cottage garden plant that stand tall in garden borders and flower throughout the summer. Our Delphiniums include the new Delgenius series which been bred to be significantly more sturdy and compact than other Delphiniums.

Delphiniums need to be in the sun for at least half of the day, so choose a spot in the garden that offers both sun and shade. Soil must be fertile and free draining; If your soil is poor then dig in plenty of new compost or organic matter to enrich it. They struggle in wet winter soil so it’s a good idea to add a bit of grit to your planting hole to assist with drainage.

Make sure you water well to establish and maintain a regular watering and feeding schedule throughout the months that the plant is growing. Flower spikes may benefit from being tied to a stake to stop them from leaning or breaking.

To make the most of the flowering season it’s a good idea to deadhead Delphiniums regularly and cut back in the autumn so they are ready to come again the following spring.

Useful Information about Delphiniums – 

  • They are perennials.
  • They flower in May, June,July, August and September.
  • Their foliage is deciduous.
  • They like any position in the garden but do need sun/shade
  • They are happy in any well drained soil.
  • They attract wildlife to your garden. (More tips here
  • They are harmful if eaten

You can learn more about Delphiniums in our A Focus on Delphiniums including frequently asked questions.