Dahlia 'David Howard'


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Tender perennial

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photo by Geoff Kidd, copyright GAP Photos (38617)

Plant details

Even if you don't normally like dahlias, you're sure to be swayed by the smokey dark foliage and contrasting rich orange flowers of 'David Howard'. It looks fabulous in late summer border and in cut-flower displays. Lift the tubers after the first frosts and bring indoors to overwinter in a frost-free place. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Dahlia

Cultivar: David Howard

Plant type: Tender perennial

Flower colour: Orange

Foliage colour: Bronze

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 75cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to take cuttings: March to April

Flowering period: July to October

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