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MAY-JUN 2019

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G R E AT E R N A S H V I L L E H O U S E & H O M E & G A R D E N ™ 46 For lining a walkway, edg- ing the front of a flower border or filling containers on a pao, choose border dahlias. These compact plants grow just 15 to 18" tall yet produce full-size blossoms for a dazzling dis- play of color. Variees such as hot pink Gallery Bellini or pale-yellow Gallery Sere- nade cover themselves with flowers from July right through September. Dahlias thrive in the same great soil as vegetables, so consider adding a few plants to your food garden as well. You'll be able to cut blooms for the dinner table when harvesng veg- etables for your next meal. In most parts of the coun- try, dahlia tubers won't survive the winter out- doors. Though you can dig and save the tubers from one year to the next, it's easier to treat them as an- nuals. This way you can choose new variees each year and get to enjoy the full range of what these amazing plants have to offer. ◆ There's a Dahlia for Every Garden and Gardener By Meliinda Meyers Few plants can rival the flowering power of dahlias. These spring- planted bulbs begin blooming in midsummer and connue for months, closing out the growing season with a blaze of color and beauty. No maer what size or type of garden you have, dahlias will claim center stage and put on a sensaonal show. Dahlias are available in a dazzling array of colors and shapes, with flower sizes that range from two to 10 inches across. There are dahlias suitable for cung gardens, perennial gardens, landscaping, and containers. It's no wonder the Naonal Garden Bureau has de- clared 2019 The Year of the Dahlia. Growing dahlias is easier than you think. Plant the tuberous roots in well-drained soil, either in the garden or in containers. Wait unl late spring when the weather has seled and there's no danger of frost. To ensure you get lots of flowers, give your full dahlias full sun and consistent moisture all summer long. In fact, simply treat them as you would a tomato plant and you'll be wildly successful. For big flowers with a dramac presence, choose dinnerplate dahlias. These bodacious beaues command your aenon in the gar- den and in a vase. The 8 to 10" blos- soms grow on bushy plants that stand four to five feet tall. Grow them at the back of a perennial bor- der or in a cung garden and use a sturdy stake to help support the extra-large blossoms. It takes just a few stems to make a gorgeous sum- mer bouquet. Cactus and semi-cactus dahlias will add a special twist to your garden. These flowers have rolled or parally rolled petals that end in a point, mak- ing the blossoms look like stars. Cac- tus dahlias hold up well to adverse weather and their unusual texture makes them prized cut flowers. Mid-size dahlias grow 3 to 4 feet tall and have 4" to 8" blossoms. They are good companions for other plants in containers and in the gar- den. Mix them with bold, leafy ele- phant ears; Lacinato kale or Swiss chard; finely-textured ornamental grasses and gaura; upright salvias or trailing plants like calibrachoa and verbena. Their grand, midsummer entrance will brighten your garden and containers throughout the re- mainder of the growing season. in the garden Midnight Star Dreamylips1 Okapis Sunset M i ngus R andy Starsister Red Stripes Images courtesy the Naonal Garden Bureau Nonee

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