My good friend, Vivien Phillips, of Newland, North Carolina, can grow dahlias that are so dashing and daring, you just know she had to use some kind of trick.
Vivien’s garden is vast, with the view of Yellow Mountain determining her scale. Petite statured plants just won’t cut it in her garden. Vivien also just likes to grow tall dahlias. Anyone who has ever grown tall dahlias knows they like to dangle down.
Here’s a gardening trick I learned from Vivien.
Each spring when Vivien is planting dahlias, she will also sinks one or more 5-foot tall sections of rebar to mark the location of the dahlia eye and to support her prized flowers. When the dahlias start to get some height on them, she ties camouflage yarn around the plant and to the rebar. Years ago, Vivien tried other plant-tie colors, ones that either matched the stems, or the bloom, all in hopes to hide the string. But she soon realized that as she was hiding one color, another became prominent, and that was usually the tie color. So she switched to camo and has never a problem since seeing the supports used to hold her dahlias up high.
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In the photo below, you can just barely see a section of rebar, a little left of middle, but not the supporting ties.