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Since its introduction into Europe 200 years ago, the dahlia has always been a stalwart of the cottage garden and bedding display. Today the dahlias flamboyant charms are more widely appreciated than ever, with gardeners incorporating them into a wide range of planting schemes from borders to containers. The rich, hot colors and many forms are integral to punchy modern plantings, and those with inky dark foliage earn their place in the border immediately. The choice of form and color available to enthusiasts is almost endless, and every year more names are added to the official catalog of over 20,000 varieties. The Gardeners Guide to Growing Dahlias is invaluable, providing recommendations for garden use by established enthusiast and expert grower, Gareth Rowlands. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.