Dahlias are a beautiful companion plant for the rose shrub. In this post, we discuss roses vs. dahlias in the autumn home garden.
In The Autumn Home Garden
Chances are if you grew up in the Midwest like I did your grandmother grew dahlias with her roses in the home garden. Dahlias are a beautiful companion plant for the rose shrub. Both roses and dahlias obvious require a little maintenance. If you live and grow in the U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 8-11 the dahlia grows as a perennial. My garden is in zone 5b and the dahlia tubers must be dug up for winter storage. The roses get a nice fresh layer of mulch, remove all the dead leaves and pruned back to about 2 feet tall by October 1. Removing all the dead foliage on the roses will help prevent fungus and bad bugs from moving in.
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