Dahlias were discovered in Mexico at the time of Spanish Conquest (1519-24), and were named after Swedish botanist Dr Andreas Dahl. Initially it was hoped their tubers could be eaten like the potato, but they were not palatable. They will flower from mid-summer through to the first frosts of autumn and are prized for their vibrant colours and variety of form, examples of which are the anemone, ball, cactus, collarette, decorative, pompon, single and waterlily dahlia.
Agapanthus are handsome plants that dislike being disturbed and therefore thrive in pots and tubs (so long as they are deep and big enough for their very large root system), that can be moved into a greenhouse or sheltered position over the winter without having to dig them up. Their blue or white flowers are long-lasting.
Freesias are one of our best-loved scented flowers. They originate from South Africa and are named after a German physician, Friedrich Freese (1795-1876). They are grown from a corm and are perennials, but realistically are more likely to be annuals. Their aromatic compounds are volatile, so their scent is stronger at higher temperatures and that of red or yellow freesias is stronger than the scent of lilac or white freesias. The extracted oils are used in a wide range of cosmetic products.
FV012 Dahlias, Agapanthus, Freesias