Growing Cafe Au Lait Dahlias: A True Beauty Queen in the Garden

In the world of flower farming, the trends can come on strong. All that has to happen is for one or two super inspirational people to sing the praises of a certain flower or technique – then, BOOM! Though I always remain skeptical when things suddenly become popular, I do absolutely believe that there’s a reason for the success of Cafe Au Lait dahlias – they’re gorgeous!

From what I’ve seen online, Cafe Au Lait dahlias have actually been around since the 60s. I can’t imagine having been the person who actually created these and sitting around wondering if they would ever take off. Either way, I’m extremely happy to have come to know Cafe Au Lait dahlias and begin growing them myself.

The shade of the Cafe Au Lait dahlia flower blooms definitely vary from one plant to another. As you can see from the photo above, most of them range in shades of cream to pink or purple. It used to be that buying tubers was a bit of a surprise, but now I frequently see them offered in each of the individual color shades.

Even though each of the different tones has their own merit, I can’t help but feel that the soft pink ones are my favorites. They seem to have the perfect blend of cream color that makes them look super delicate and feminine.

Each plant is also insanely productive. Even with only a few Cafe Au Lait dahlias in the garden, I am usually able to cut at least ten stems for flower arrangements.

While most of the flowers are very full, I do like to leave them on the plant to let them fully open. In doing so, many of the blooms reveal open centers which are surrounded by these super pretty curly petals. Seriously, I love dahlias that have those curly petals!

Have you every growing Cafe Au Lait dahlias? If so, I’d love to hear all about your experiences in the comment below. I hope you’re having a wonderful day!

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