There are many varieties and wonderful colours of the modern dahlia. The names are descriptive of the different varieties and there are so many of them - they bloom from July to November.
To quote a famous politician "If you observe a really happy man - you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son or growing dahlias in his garden."
Here's a handy guide to dahlia tubers - how and when to plant them:
Dahlias are superb as cut flowers and range in size and colour from one end of the spectrum to the other. Here's a photo of my mother's dahlia cutting bed, taken last September, which she uses for flower arrangements.
Buy your dahlia tubers now.