Although originally a native of Mexico, dahlias have become a British classic. A few years ago though, they fell out of favour with gardeners who thought of them as an old fashioned, gaudy and time consuming plant their great granddads grew on their allotments.
Fortunately after decades in the doldrums, they are enjoying a revival due to their vast colour range and fantastic flower power – those with single blooms are also a magnet to bees and butterflies. This has made them a real crowd pleaser and popular garden plant. We visited Sarah Raven’s cutting garden in east Sussex where she grows an incredible range of dahlias.