From £2.95Use: low level pink hedging and container plant Height: 60-75 cm Spread: 60-70 cm. Colour
From £9.90Size: 1m x .75m (3ft x 2.5ft) Colour: Deep coral red Scent: Glorious Flowering: June to August
From £9.90Height: 1.1m Colour: Fiery Gold/Orange Shape: Double Scent: Good Flowering period: Repeat Type: Hybr
With more painterly stripes than a Scottish kilt, Tartan is a Dahlia that will turn heads and invite comment. It's a classic dinnerplate dahlia, with long, wavy petals in deep luscious blackcurrant - almost black at the centre - and pure bright white, the flowers up to 20cm across. It's tall, too, growing up to 110cm, with fresh green foliage and stems.
Tartan isn't the dahlia clan for everyone, admittedly, so if you prefer yours in subtler tones or shorter plants for the front of a border, you can browse the rest of the range here.
Grow plenty and pick plenty and you'll have flowers to bring indoors for vases throughout late summer and autumn. In fact, like all dahlias, the more you snip, the more Tartan will be encouraged to carry on flowering.
Sun, good drainage and staking are all key when growing a tall dahlia like Tartan. Stake early, either at planting time or when the plant is about 30cm tall, spacing sturdy 90 cm wooden stakes 10-15cm from the main stems and tying in with twine as they grow. Dahlias all like a spot with plenty of sun, so south or west-facing is important, either in a border (towards the back) or in a cutting garden. Tartan may be a bit big for anything other than a very large pot. In a border, it would work well with a pure-white dahlia, preferably with a simpler flower shape - try a waterlily dahlia such as Le Castel for a pleasing contrast. Dahlias also look lovely with grasses, bringing a more relaxed, informal meadow feel. Something with fluffy white or purple flowerheads would look good with Tartan, one of the pretty pennisetums perhaps.
Planting months: end Feb to July. Details below:
Tartan was introduced way back in 1951 and has been popular ever since.