Dahlias are one of the showiest plants in the garden producing the most outrageously brilliant colours and flowers shapes imaginable and autumn is the time for them to shine.

When you want to know all Dahlia’s, you need to ask and expert and former president of the Dahlia Society of South Australia, Malcolm Keeler, fits the bill perfectly.

Ideally Dahlias require a position that has Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade.

Dahlias can be planted amongst other plants such as small shrubs & Roses.

Dahlias can be planted from late August to New Year depending on weather conditions in your area. Keep in mind if you plant too early you run the risk of Frosts & if you plant too late you may have a heat problem.

As a good general guide for most areas a week either side of the Melbourne Cup works well.

Tubers planted around Melbourne Cup can expect blooms from late January through March and April depending when the first frosts arrive.

Dahlias will grow in most soil types provided they are well drained.

There’s no doubt one of the biggest show offs in the Garden are Dahlia’s. If you have them growing, I’d love you to share your prize Dahlia pic with us. Send via our website or post it on facebook. Honestly they just scream – look at me!!!

For more Dahlia information head to the Dahlia Society website



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In the Garden is an exciting new local South Australian TV program on Channel 9 this Summer & next Autumn showcasing the best ‘green’ stories this state has to tell. Check out the latest in garden trends, new plants and top tips to keep those gardens blooming.