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Labyrinth is a dahlia to lose yourself in if you like your dahlias flamboyant and glamorous. (If you prefer them smaller and tidier then take a look at the rest of our range here).
Labyrinth dahlias are classified as Decorative although the flowers which easily reach 18 cm in diameter are big enough for some to call it a Dinnerplate. Either way, they are awash with a shock of gently twisted linear petals in shades of sunset orange and rose pink. Yes, your heart could indeed get lost in this glorious maze of colour and fabulousness.
The plant itself will grow to around 1m in height and is covered in fresh green foliage, while Labyrinth flower stems are beautifully coloured, a deep mahogany russet, which complements the flower colour wonderfully.
Like most dahlias, Labyrinth is a good subject for cutting and bringing indoors to create vases of colour. The flowers last well and are really eyecatching.
There's really nothing complex about growing Labyrinth dahlias. Yes, they need a sunny spot, and soil that won't get waterlogged, but keep picking the flowers in late summer and autumn and they'll repay that slight effort by flowering on and on. Plant a whole bed with other dahlias in complementary colours, if you like. A good partner for Labyrinth could be deep claret Rocco, which is smaller and so could be planted at the front of the border. Its neat pompom shape and rich jewelled tones would set Labyrinth off wonderfully. Or combine with wafting grasses with good autumn colour, or tall airy Verbena bonariensis, or even a few purple penstemons to bring out the colour of Labyrinth's stems. Do plant in a sheltered place and stake really well in early summer, though, or the weight of the flower heads will snap the stems.
Planting months: end Feb to July. Details below:
The dahlia is named after the 18th century Swedish botanist Ander Dahl, who also has a snake named after him - Dahl's whip snake, Platyceps najadum dahlii.