Dahlias come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. In fact, some dahlia varieties, such as the powder puff, produce a rainbow of flowers in shades of rust, yellow, white, orange and purple. The American Dahlia Society compares growing dahlias to growing tomatoes and states, "If you can grow tomatoes in your garden, you can successfully grow dahlias." The most difficult thing about raising dahlias may be deciding the color to grow.

Dahlias are a staple in the perennial garden.


Dalina grande papagaya comes in many colors, including shades of red and red with white-tipped petals. Red papagaya attracts butterflies and provides an abundance of warm color in the summer. It grows up to 18 inches tall and thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 11.

Dinnerplate dahlias are popular for their enormous blooms that can reach up to 12 inches or more in width. Dahlia big wow is a bright red dinnerplate variety that grows 36 to 48 inches tall and blooms in the fall. Big wow grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 10 and prefers full sun.


Emory Paul is a variety of dinnerplate dahlia that produces pinkish-lavender flowers from July until frost. With a bloom that is literally as large as a dinner plate, even one cut stem of emory Paul makes an impressive centerpiece. Emory Paul is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 10 and prefers moist, well-drained soil.

Daline grande morelia, also called grande morelia, blooms in shades of lavender and attracts butterflies. Grande morelia is adaptable when it comes to soil and moisture but it does prefer full sun. This dahlia grows 5 to 18 inches high and thrives in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 11.

Mom's special is a dinnerplate dahlia that produces a soft-white flower streaked with pale lavender. The shape of the flower is also unique, as the petals are slightly more angular than most varieties. Mom's special is a fall-blooming dahlia that grows in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 10, requires full sun and moist, well-drained soil. This is a showy flower that reaches 36 to 48 inches tall and produces flowers that are 12 inches across or more.


Dahlia goldalia orange, or simply goldalia, produces an unusual orange bloom with white tips and large, bright yellow centers. Goldalia is small compared to many other varieties, reaching only 6 to 8 inches tall and 6 to 8 inches wide. It adapts to several types of conditions but needs full sun for the best bloom. Goldalia is a prolific bloomer and is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 11.


Perhaps one of the most uniquely colored dahlias, pom pom dahlia Eveline, produces a striking bloom with large, brownish-red petals on the outside and a pom pom-like yellow centers surrounded by small white petals. Pom pom is an ideal cut flower and creates plenty of interest in the garden. Pom pom is hardy in USDA Hardiness Zones 8 to 10 and requires full sun.