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There are dahlias for every situation, from giant exhibition and cut flowers, to Lilliput varieties less than 30cm (12in) high. 'Bishop of Llandaff' is an old favourite and one of the best known garden varieties for bedding and borders. It is an opulent plant with dark bronze-green foliage and vibrant vermillion semi-double blooms. 'Bishop of Llandaff' is valued for its late summer colour, which extends well into autumn and is a popular cut flower. Feed weekly during the growing season and dead head regularly. When the foliabe begins to die back, cut stems to 15cm (6in) and lift the tubers and store in straw, wood shavings, or vermiculite in a frost-free place. Divide tubers in spring and plant out when danger of frost has passed. Aphids, caterpillars, slugs and earwigs may be a problem and plants may also be prone to powdery mildew. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Cultivar: Bishop of Llandaff
Plant type: Tender perennial
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Bronze
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline
Skill level: Experienced
Time to divide plants: March to May
Time to take cuttings: February to April
Oh dear, someone told me this variety of dahlia was the one that could be left in over winter and could therefore be classed as a perenial. From your details this does seem to be the case. Is there another on that fits this category, please.
Luc De Pesseroey
Started with 6 plants in a small border 3 years ago, I arrived at 46 plants this year after dividing in spring. Tubes are kept in a cool dark cellar during the winter, lightly wrapped in newspaper dots. Dividing in march and primary growth in pots. Planting in border april-may. Fantastic display if combined with crocosmilla.
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