Common Name: Dahlia
Cultivar: 'David Howard'
Skill Level: Experienced
Exposure: Full sun
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Sandy
Time to take cuttings: March to April
Flowering period: July to October
Even if you don't normally like dahlias, you're sure to be swayed by the smokey dark foliage and contrasting rich orange flowers of 'David Howard'. It looks fabulous in late summer border and in cut-flower displays. Lift the tubers after the first frosts and bring indoors to overwinter in a frost-free place. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).