In season: dahlias

These heat-loving plants, with their vibrant colours and precision-cut petals, are once more a must-have in any garden.

A native of Mexico, the dahlia was introduced into Europe – to the Madrid Botanical Gardens, to be precise – in 1789 and, since then, the tuberous perennial has enjoyed wildly contrasting attentions. Dahlias need full sun and appreciate steady moisture and regular feedings until the flowers start to appear.

Here is everything you need to know about growing Dahlias.

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