Flowers

A florist's guide to dahlias

Written by Rona Wheeldon
August 15, 2019

Enjoying a very welcome renaissance, dahlias are unrivalled for giving a showy, colourful display from summer through into autumn.

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Mixed British Dahlias At Zest Flowers Hero Image

Background

Part of the Asteraceae family, the Dahlia is native to Mesoamerica, principally in the high plains of Mexico. It's been in Europe for over two hundred years and came from Mexico to the Botanical Gardens in Madrid towards the end of the eighteenth century. It was named by Abbe Cavanille in honour of Andreas Dahl, a Swedish botanist.

Cultivars currently available at the market include Decorative, Ball, Waterlily and Cactus, all with different types of symmetrical petal structures. And you'll find virtually every colour and colour combination, from white, peach, pink, red and purple to yellow, orange and burgundy, both as cut flowers and plants.

Many Dahlias come from Holland, but there are also UK growers supplying the market. For example, you can find home-grown Dahlias at Zest Flowers, Pratley and DG Wholesale Flowers. Peak season is generally from June/July through to September/October, depending on the weather.

According to the Language of Flowers, Dahlias symbolise good taste and elegance.

Types

FLOWERS

Decorative

Decorative Dahlias have fully double, slightly flat and broad petals, often with a blunt end, and no central disc. They are the largest of all the dahlias, with flowers reaching up to 25cm in diameter.

Cafe au Lait

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Cafe Au Lait At Zest Flwoers

Cafe au Lait Rose

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Cafe Au Lait Rose At Zest Flowers

Sandra

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Sandra At Bloomfield

Diana's Memory

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Dianas Memory At Zest Flowers 1

Princess Kate

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Princess Kate At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Mister Frans

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Mister Frans At Bloomfield

Red Cap

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Red Cap At Dennis Edwards Flowers

Karma Choc

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Karma Choc At Bloomfield

Ball

Ball Dahlias have a spiral arrangement of curved petals that form a ball or a slightly flattened sphere.

Red Fox

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Red Fox At Bloomfield

Downham Royal

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Downham Royal At Bloomfield

Happy Jill

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Happy Jill At Bloomfield

Ivannetti

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Ivannetti At Bloomfield

Happy Hour

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Happy Hour At Bloomfield

Wizard of Oz

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Wizard Of Oz At Bloomfield

Linda's Baby

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Lindas Baby At Bloomfield

Light Wizard

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Light Wizard At Bloomfield

Waterlily

Waterlily Dahlias resemble waterlily flowers. They have broad, shallow double flowers that are shaped like a saucer, with curved or flat petals.

Bracken Ballerina

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Dahlia Bracken Ballerina At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Caroline Wagemans

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Dahlia Caroline Wagemans At Dg Wholesale Flowers

Cactus

Cactus Dahlias have fully double blooms, with very narrow petals from the tip to the base, that curve outwards. They range in size from miniature to giant.

Karma Sangria

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Dahlia Karma Sangria At Bloomfield

Ludwig Helfert

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona British Dahlia Ludwig Helfert At Dg Wholesale Flowers

PLANTS

New Covent Garden Flower Market August 2019 A Florists Guide To Dahlias Rona Wheeldon Flowerona Pots Of British Dahlia Plants At L Mills

Design Inspiration

Whether combined with other seasonal blooms in hand-tied bouquets or arranged in urn designs or tablecentres, Dahlias with their intricately structured petals add a wonderful texture to designs.

Here are some examples of gorgeous arrangements featuring this 'back on trend' flower...

Bouquet by Urban Flower Co

Bouquet by JamJar Flowers

Bouquet by McQueens

Bouquet by Rebel Rebel

Arrangement by Catherine Muller London

Urn Design by Rust Bloom

Arrangement by Petal to the Metal

Urn Design by Joanne Truby Floral Design

Bouquets by That Flower Shop

Your Designs

(Source: Lush Petals)

(Source: Lush Petals)

We'd love to see photos of designs that you've made using Dahlias from the Flower Market. Simply send an email to hello@cgma.co.uk, stating your company name and website address. Or if you prefer, you could post your photo on Instagram or Twitter and tag us with @MarketFlowers. We'll then upload your photos into this section.

I hope you've enjoyed reading this month's florist's guide. Please do ask away below if you have any questions or would like to make any general comments. As always, we'd love to hear from you...

P.S. Did you know that the Dahlia is the national flower of Mexico?

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