Dahlia

Dahlia 'David Howard'

Photo/Illustration: 
Daryl Beyers
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Dahlia (Dahlia 'David Howard')
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Genus:  Dahlia
'David Howard' is large and vigorous dahlia with fine color. Apricot blooms contrasts nicely with the dark foliage and with dark-colored companion plants. It pairs well both with hot colors such as red and orange and cool blues and purples. A tall grower, it requires staking and looks best in the middle or back of a border. Perhaps best of all, it blooms continually without deadheading. -Alastair Gunn, Dahlias that deliver, Fine Gardening issue #121
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Rounded, apricot petals. Dark foliage. No deadheading needed.
Care:  Provide full sun, except in the South, where some shade is preferred, and well-drained soil. Pinching off the first flower bud promotes a bushier plant. Use strong stakes, placing the first one into the hole at planting time.
Propagation:  Division in spring is preferred. Use a sharp knife to sever tubers ensuring that each division has at least one eye
Problems:  Slugs, snails, rabbits, earwigs, aphids.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Salmon
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden,
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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