Delivered to you in March / April
Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff has bright vibrant reddish flowers with an orange tint, the foliage is a dark burnished purple (which is always darkest if planted in direct sunlight) and the combination is always impressive. An old favourite dating back to 1924 and the original mother parent in the others in the Bishop series. Dahlias are native to the high plains of Mexico and other parts of Central America. They were cultivated by the Aztecs in pre-Cortez times. They were introduced to Europe by the Spanish in 1784. They were first first grown in the Botanical Gardens in Madrid. Abbe Cavanille named the new plants Dahlias in honour of Andreas Dahl a Swedish naturalist and student of Carl Linnaeus.
This plant/cultivar has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has proved to be reliable in appropriate conditions and a good performing plant.
Tender. Store tubers dry until March, then pot up and grow with warmth to plant out in late May. They need planting in a sunny situation with good compost below them and regular dead heading in the late summer to encorage repeat flowering. Growing them initially as potted plants early in the season will give you a head start. In the winter they may need to be lifted and kept frost free, depending on the conditions.
Height 36" (90cm)