Melissa Anna Marijke Dahlia Tubers
- Fully double flowers, appealing two-tone effect
- To 70cm
- Excellent cut flower
Melissa Anna Marijke Dahlias
‘Melissa Anna Marijke’ is a decorative dahlia with small, fully double flowers with an appealing two-tone effect. The upper sides of the petals have a pinkish-violet hue, while the undersides are of a contrasting cherry red colour – a fun feature that adds an interesting twist to floral arrangements. The foliage is also striking – a dark greeny-bronze, almost black colour which sets off the brightly coloured blooms to perfection. The flowers measure about 8-10 centimetres across.
Dahlia ‘Melissa Anna Marijke’ can reach up to 70 centimetres in height and 50 centimetres in spread.
Dahlia ‘Melissa Anna Marijke’ makes an excellent cut flower. The buds will not open after picking so the blooms are best cut once they are fully open. Picking first thing in the morning or late evening (when moisture content is high) will significantly extend the life of cut flowers, as will conditioning the freshly cut stems in a few centimetres of hot, not quite boiling water, for an hour or so before arranging.
Dahlias are members of the Asteraceae family of plants. They are clump-forming deciduous tuberous perennials with pinnate leaves and showy flowers in summer and autumn. Dahlias are divided into 14 groups according to their flower shape; ‘Melissa Anna Marijke’ belongs to Group 5 and is classed as a Decorative Dahlia. Dahlias are toxic to cats and dogs.
Dahlias are easy to grow and generally free of pests and diseases. You might occasionally need to tackle pests such as slugs and earwigs and diseases such as powdery mildew but good gardening practices, such as appropriate weeding and feeding, together with our range of organic garden products will help keep your dahlias healthy.
‘Melissa Anna Marijke’ dahlia is perfect for adding a pop of colour to the front and middle of borders. Team it with perennial plants in shades of purple, pink and blue to create a pretty and harmonious scheme. Roses, delphiniums, salvias and verbena bonariensis would all make lovely planting partners.