Dahlias are just happy and look great with mums or ornamental cabbages this time of year. This purple variety is the first to bloom out of my “grab bag.” Usually dahlias bloom closer to mid-summer, but the micro-climate in my yard keeps the garden a little cooler and later than the rest of the Chicago land area. Although they are annuals, you can dig up the tubers after the first frost and safe them til next year (I’ll share this adventure once frost comes). Dahlias’ have their enthusiasts, American Dahlia Society, as well as dedicated growers, Swan Island Dahlias! Perhaps next year you’ll become one yourself.