yard with brightly colored dahlias
Photo: Donnelly-Austin Photography

Fashionably Late Flowers

They spend the first half of summer waiting in the wings. Then—pop!—dahlias unfurl their showy blossoms just as summer's heat leaves most garden perennials in faded tatters. With their fanciful forms and fabulous hues, they're a surefire hit for anyone looking to give waning beds a color boost.

Shown: A parade of brightly hued dahlias creates an eye-catching display.
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