Red is one of those standout colors for dahlia blooms atop a garden full of green foliage. This year I grew Aitara Rufus and was quite pleased with the nice contrast added to the front of my garden with the fire engine red blooms. Even with the sun beating down on the bloom all day it held it's red color for quite awhile before the color started to fade from the bloom. Share your favorite red cultivars here and tell us what you like about them.
I think I'll be doing some different types of things for "dahlia of the week" now. One week it'll be a member suggestion of a certain cultivar, another week it may be a certain form or color. I'll see about setting up an area where you can submit a certain cultivar for your suggestion of dahlia of the week. Just to add some variety to what will most likely seem like a very long winter to me. Gotta get through it somehow!
One more of my favorite reds! Cherry Drop from Swan Island provide a very floriferous plant for me back in 2010. The dark stems with the bright green foliage topped off with the bright red miniature (almost waterlily) blooms were magnificent. I gotta grow this one again.
Currently, my favourite red would have to be Helga, because it's flowering.
This is one I am trying for the first time this year, and it did not come from a show Dahlia supplier. These are its first two blooms, and are small, but we have had a cold spring and it is still in a pot.
In bright reds for exhibition, Taratahi Ruby impressed me the most last year.
I really liked Ali Oop from Swan Island. It came on later in the summer but they were so strong, the color always deep, non fading, and they work real well in Bouquet. I think its still trying to produce some flowers out in the garden! , Here it is in my garden and here is a display of them at ZSwan ISland's open house. ITs a formal dec about 4" across and maintains both color and shape very well. It also holds up well in bouquets as it has a lot of substance to it. The plants were vigorous and healthy.
It looks scarily as though Babylon Bronze could be my next red to flower. Unless the outside of the bud and the first petal to open are fooling me, and the rest really is bronze... another NoID situation developing, rather prettily, out the back!
I saw this red one on the dahlia tours during the Ntional Dahlia Show last year, and meant to get it but inadvertently left if off my Lobaugh's order. I still want it.
. It is Belred Sunset and its a nice little bb or min sized one. The color was really intensely red, not orange, not blue just RED. Very crisp shape.
Now, you've done it. Just when I thought I was done ordering, you've inspired me to order Belred Sunset from Lobaugh to try it out on the farm. It looks really nice, and that's a very unique size/shape/color combo that I don't think is on too many dahlias. Kind of like a mini-Skipley Bonanza or something.
Also added Karras 150.