Maroon pompon flowers of Dahlia 'Moor Place'

Pompon and ball dahlias to grow

Intricate pompon and ball dahlias are a beautiful addition to the garden - discover some of the best varieties to grow.

All dahlias are flamboyant and gorgeous but there’s something extra special about pompon and ball dahlias, with their exquisite globe-shaped flowers. They are often seen at flower shows and gardening competitions and make beautiful cut flowers.


Pompon dahlias, as their name suggests, have pompon-like flowers – the petals curve inwards to create stunning, intricate blooms up to 5cm across. Ball dahlias have a slightly flattened top, with blunt or rounded petals arranged in a spiral pattern. Miniature ball dahlias make good container displays – try our dahlia and cosmos display.

For best results, grow dahlias in a sunny spot in fertile, well-drained soil. Deadhead regularly and feed with a potash-rich fertiliser to prolong flowering. Lift the tubers after the first frosts and store them in a cool, dry situation until March. Then pot them up and keep them in a temperate greenhouse before planting out in late May.

Here are some beautiful pompom and ball dahlias to grow.

All dahlias are flamboyant and gorgeous but there's something extra special about pompon and ball dahlias.

‘Aurora’s Kiss’

Dahlia ‘Aurora’s Kiss’ is a miniature ball dahlia, bearing small, dark red, ball-shaped blooms on tall stems from midsummer to autumn.

Dark red <em>Dahlia</em> 'Aurora's Kiss'
Dark red Dahlia ‘Aurora’s Kiss’

‘Charlotte Bateson’

Dahlia ‘Charlotte Bateson’ is a miniature ball dahlia, bearing small, deep pink ball-shaped blooms on tall stems from midsummer to autumn.

Deep red-pink <em>Dahlia</em> 'Charlotte Bateson'
Deep red-pink Dahlia ‘Charlotte Bateson’


Dahlia ‘Cornel’ is a ball dahlia, bearing medium-sized, spherical purple-red flowers on strong stems, throughout summer.

Purple-red blooms of <em>Dahlia</em> 'Cornel'
Purple-red blooms of Dahlia ‘Cornel’

‘Franz Kafka’

Dahlia ‘Franz Kafka’ bears pretty, miniature bright pink pompon flowers from midsummer to late-autumn. It’s perfect for growing in a mixed herbaceous border, and makes an excellent cut flower.

Pink pompons of <em>Dahlia</em> 'Franz Kafka'
Pink pompons of Dahlia ‘Franz Kafka’


Dahlia ‘Jomanda’ is a ball dahlia that bears flowers in a lovely autumnal burnt orange colour, on long, straight stems.

Orange blooms of <em>Dahlia</em> 'Jomanda'
Orange blooms of Dahlia ‘Jomanda’

‘Moor Place’

Perfect for exhibiting, Dahlia ‘Moor Place’ is a fantastic pompon dahlia, with deep maroon-purple blooms.


Dahlias need support as they grow – find out how to tie in dahlias as they grow.

Maroon pompon flowers of <em>Dahlia</em> 'Moor Place'
Maroon pompon flowers of Dahlia ‘Moor Place’