This title profiles some 1800 varieties of dahlia. Arranged in alphabetical order, and illustrated throughout with over 500 colour photographs, this is a useful guide for both dahlia enthusiasts and exhibitors. Each entry includes a short description of growth habit; type of bloom and colour; advice on the variety's potential for garden, exhibition or cut flower use; the raiser, country of origin and year of introduction (where known); and source of supply of plants or tubers. Practical advice on methods of propagation and successful cultivation is given, along with a brief history of the dahlia, tips on exhibiting and ideas for garden use. The guide also explains the different forms of dahlias and gives a calendar for their care.
Ted Collins has grown, shown and judged dahlias throughout the UK at all levels for over thirty years. He has judged competitions in Canada, New Zealand and America and has been General Secretary of the National Dahlia Society since 1990.