As summer draws to a close (but not before a slugging us
with one more wave of humidity) one summer crop is still going strong. Welcome,
Dahlias are a fast growing, high yield crop. They come in a
multitude of colours and varieties and are distantly related to daisies and
sunflowers. From the tiniest “pom pom” varieties to dahlias the size of your
head, there are many, many different dahlias, each with its own unique
personality. While dahlias have always been a popular flower, their popularity
has exploded anew in recent years, because of the variety on offer. Quality is
also better than ever!
Of particular note is a variety called Café au Lait, which
has caused quite a stir. Ranging from soft blush to a striped candy pink, this
variety appeared towards the beginning of the ongoing “Blush and Burgundy”
wedding trend, and has continued its victory lap with no signs of tiring. For
anybody planning a romantic, intimate wedding with a touch of old-world charm,
we’d suggest looking into this colour scheme. It plays on high contrast,
combining soft neutrals with heavily saturated focal points.
Dahlias are a stunning focal flower that will add texture
and interest to your wedding flowers. They are all rounders that can be used in
virtually any part of your wedding. Bear in mind, though, that they’re fairly
delicate and don’t have a super long vase life. For this reason, your florist
should take into consideration where they will be used. If your ceremony is
outside in full sun, they could collapse, and it is best to use them elsewhere.
Dahlias also look incredible in a wedding bouquet but should be kept in water
for as long as possible before use.
With a long season stretching from the start of summer to almost the end of autumn, dahlias are a fantastic addition to your wedding flowers.