50 dahlias to drool over

Don't write off dahlias as your granny's flower. Here are 50 jaw-dropping varieties that will knock your socks off

‘Awe Shucks’

‘Awe Shucks’

The 4-inch-wide blooms of soft yellow have random patterns of red striping all along the petals.

‘Prince Charming’

‘Prince Charming’

This straight cactus dahlia is definitely our knight in shining armor. The white blossoms are 4 inches wide, while the plant reaches only 2 feet tall.

‘Little Blessings’

‘Little Blessings’

This formal decorative dahlia’s compact size—only 12 inches tall—makes it ideal for containers.

‘Bonne Esperance’

‘Bonne Esperance’

The blossoms might not be as ornate as some, but the 12-inch-tall bush is as sweet as can be.

‘Stella’

‘Stella’

The 1-inch-wide, velvet red blooms are a bee magnet in the garden.

‘Border Choice’

‘Border Choice’

As its name suggests, this plant is perfect for a hedge or border. Here’s why: It's 2 feet tall and covered in bright red, 3-inch-wide blooms.

‘Lemon Tart’

‘Lemon Tart’

The vivid yellow blossoms on this semi-cactus dahlia are 5 inches wide. A terrific cut flower.

‘Bitsy’

‘Bitsy’

The plant might be compact at only 18 inches, but the blooms cloak it entirely for an anything-but-bitsy display.

‘Red Pigmy’

‘Red Pigmy’

The 4-inch-wide blooms on this semi-cactus are a particularly nonfading red.

‘Park Princess’

‘Park Princess’

We love the bright pink, 4-inch-wide blooms of this straight cactus. Highly recommended as a cut flower.

‘China Doll’

‘China Doll’

So delicate, it had us fooled for porcelain! This dwarf dahlia reaches only 18 inches tall yet produces blooms that are 4 inches wide.

‘Little Missy’

‘Little Missy’

Three-inch-wide blooms of pink cover this little bush.

‘Crichton Honey’

‘Crichton Honey’

Apricot-bronze balls measuring 4 inches in diameter make this one an arranger’s dream.

‘Mz. Bee Haven’

‘Mz. Bee Haven’

We love this adorable collarette dahlia, bad behavior and all. Blooms are 3 inches wide, and the bush is 2 feet tall.

‘Ginger Willo’

‘Ginger Willo’

This straight cactus dahlia is definitely our knight in shining armor. The white blossoms are 4 inches wide, while the plant reaches only 2 feet tall.

‘Mary Munns’

‘Mary Munns’

The spherical arrangement of petals on each 2-inch-wide pompon has us hypnotized.

‘Frank Holmes’

‘Frank Holmes’

You’ve got to be kidding us with the delicate folds of each petal. Blooms are 1½ inches wide and a seductive shade of lavender.

‘Kasasagi’

‘Kasasagi’

We’re not sure what the name means, but we’ll take it. A showy pompon with 2-inch-wide flowers.

‘Crossfield Ebony’

‘Crossfield Ebony’

We find perfection in this pompon, whose black red has us hooked. Blossoms measure 1½ inches across.

‘Spellbreaker’

‘Spellbreaker’

Bright raspberry blooms measuring 3 inches wide brighten up any garden.

‘Rawhide’

‘Rawhide’

The blooms of this waterlily dahlia are a gorgeous peach blending to yellow, with petals outlined in deep red. We also love that they measure 5 inches across.

‘Tanjoh’

‘Tanjoh’

Showy white blooms measure 4 inches across and look like they’ve been dipped in deep fuchsia.

‘Whimsey’

‘Whimsey’

The yellow petals with pink tips have us falling in love. The blooms are just 3 inches wide and hold exceptionally well when cut.

‘Precious’

‘Precious’

The 3-inch-wide blooms of white blending to lavender are as charming as can be.

‘Checkers’

‘Checkers’

It's eye-catching, for sure, with 4-inch-wide, deep burgundy blooms tipped in white.

‘White Nettie’

‘White Nettie’

We adore the creamy white blooms that measure just 2½ inches wide.

‘Snowbound’

‘Snowbound’

This informal decorative dahlia has pure white flowers spanning 9 inches across on a shrub 4 feet tall.

‘Bride To Be’

‘Bride To Be’

So elegant! These classic waterlily blooms measure 4 inches wide.

‘Hulin’s Carnival’

‘Hulin’s Carnival’

It’s a party in each petal. No, really: The 4-inch-wide blooms are white with speckles and splashes of wine purple.

‘Poppers’

‘Poppers’

Who needs fireworks on the Fourth of July if you have these in the garden? The 5-inch flowers pop out from everything else in the bed.

‘Maarn’

‘Maarn’

All the way from Holland, this variety has 4-inch-wide blooms shaped like balls.

‘Lisa Lisa’

‘Lisa Lisa’

The 4-inch blooms can’t make up their minds between lavender and white, and we won’t make them.

‘Jitterbug’

‘Jitterbug’

Blossoms are 2½ inches across. We love the salmon petals with yellow highlights.

‘Bluetiful’

‘Bluetiful’

Because true blue doesn’t exist (yet), we’ll settle for periwinkle. Blooms stand out at 6 inches across.

‘Tutti Frutti’

‘Tutti Frutti’

We’re pretty sure someone spiked the punch bowl with this one. Coral pink blooms are 5 inches wide and great as cut flowers.

‘Bed Head’

‘Bed Head’

This crazy variety looks much better than we do on a bad hair day. The 4-inch blooms are a vibrant orange, with an occasional red streak.

‘First Kiss’

‘First Kiss’

This semi-cactus is noted for exceptionally long-lasting flowers in arrangements. They measure 4½ inches and are pink on the tips, blending to white in the center.

‘Blah Blah Blah’

‘Blah Blah Blah’

This variety has 5-inch blooms in a rare golden beige.

‘Hot Rod’

‘Hot Rod’

Deep orange blossoms measure 5 inches across.

‘Gabrielle Marie’

‘Gabrielle Marie’

Blooms are 5 inches across in a rich apricot with lavender blush undertones.

‘Brittany Rey’

‘Brittany Rey’

Swan Island Dahlias calls this one sassy, and we agree! Blooms measure 5 inches across.

‘Boogie Nites’

‘Boogie Nites’

Blooms are 5 inches wide and a true deep purple.

‘Cheyenne’

‘Cheyenne’

The 6-inch blooms are bright red with a touch of yellow. Deeply laciniated  petals make this dahlia a showstopper.

‘Crazy Legs’

‘Crazy Legs’

The 3-inch-wide blooms of burnt apricot with red undersides are great cut flowers.

‘Flamethrower’

‘Flamethrower’

The 8-inch blossoms curl slightly, resembling flames.

‘El Sol’

‘El Sol’

Brace yourself—blooms are up to 12 inches wide on a 4½-foot-tall plant.

‘Twilite’

‘Twilite’

No, it’s not a coneflower. It's an anemone-flowered dahlia with a pincushion center. Blooms 4 inches wide cover a bush 4 feet tall.

‘Honka’

‘Honka’

We love this orchid-flowering dahlia with 3-inch-wide blooms on a bush reaching 3 feet tall.

‘Redd Devil’

‘Redd Devil’

The straight cactus blooms are 4 inches wide and have wonderful stems for cutting. The plant reaches 4½ feet tall.

‘Juul’s Allstar’

‘Juul’s Allstar’

The 2½-foot-tall bush covers itself in orchid-flowering blooms that are fuchsia with a bright yellow center.

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