One of my garden’s big success stories this past summer was dinner-plate dahlias. I have tried to grow a variety of dahlias for years with little to moderate success, but for 2009, I tried a different growing approach and I enjoyed a bumper crop!
Dinner-plate dahlias definitely won most improved flower of the summer.
In the past, I would plant the bulbs all around my garden, trying to fill in gaps, and not always in the sunniest spots.
But this year, I put all my dahlias in one spot – in full sun behind my garage. When I planted the bulbs I put tall, strong stakes in. I also kept the plants well staked throughout the entire growing process. This proved to be the magic formula for the batch of bulbs I picked up at Costco.