"Dahlias are back in fashion," said the magazine title.
The topic of garden fashion may not be high on your conscious agenda, but I'll bet you subscribe to more gardening trends than you may be aware of. Fifteen years ago, hydrangeas were only seen in grandma's or, maybe even, great-grandma's garden. Calla's were about as hip as knitting. Then, over the past 10 years, both of these seemed to spout up all over the neighborhood.
Dahlias seem to be one of the next big plant trends. Maybe it's the symmetry of their flowers, which seems to appeal to young, contemporary tastes. Maybe it's their cheerful daisy-like appearance — a sign of optimism and happiness, in spite of trying times.
Whatever the reason, few flowers have the power to dazzle like dahlias. From its humble origins in Mexico, the dahlia is once again one of the most popular summer flowers. A wonderful characteristic of the dahlia is its versatility. Dwarf varieties stay small and are perfect for patio pots or low borders. Mid-sized varieties work as seasonal fillers or as closely spaced mass plantings. The giants, reaching up to five or six feet, are suitable for backdrops or deep flower beds.