It’s dahlia season and here in Bath, this indomitably colourful, upright flower is in full bloom.
The dahlia hasn’t always been the most fashionable flower, having a (not unfounded) reputation for being ever-present in suburban gardens and allotments and almost never-present in stylish floral arrangements.
But the dahlia is making a comeback. Its drawbacks (it’s unscented, is rather solid and can be garish), are also its strengths. It’s a very reliable cut-flower (hence its popularity on allotments), doesn’t flop or fade quickly and it comes in a huge range of colours and shapes.
This mixed bouquet shows off the range of textures and colours that a dahlia can offer.
Dahlias can come in pure, snowy white:
…pale, blush shades:
…peaches, pinks and corals…
…yellow and orange…
…pink and reds…
…and deep, dark wine colours.
Dahlias can be multi-coloured:
…and the single dahlias can be powerfully simple:
I love this unusual bouquet, which contrasts the tight balls of pompon dahlias with fluffier flowers:
And this idea of displaying just the flower-heads in vintage saucers is so pretty:
And my favourite dahlia bouquet is this one, which shows that the sturdy dahlia really can be part of a romantically ethereal, trendily rustic bouquet.
I hope that these gorgeous images inspire you to include dahlias in your late summer wedding day.
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- 6 Ways To Showcase Dahlias This Summer (kcet.org)
- Dazzling Dahlias (dwknight.wordpress.com)
- How to Grow Taller Dahlia flowers – Pictures and how to grow and care for dahlias (ghcqfx.wordpress.com)
- Dahlia Centerpiece & Bouquet (botanicart-blog.com)