The sumptuous dahlia is similar to the sunflower, marigold, dandelion, and aster. The Dahlia’s diversity is what is compelling to floral experts. There are more than 20 identified dahlia species, as well as thousands of hybrids, resulting in an extensive range of varieties. Its ability to shine in any bouquet is one of the reasons it is one of our favorite flowers at Bagoy’s.
Where did the Dahlia Come From?
Native to Mexico, the dahlia was traditionally used by indigenous people for both food and medicine; the tribes gathered dahlias growing in the wild, as well as cultivated them in gardens. The flower was locally known by its Aztec names – Chichipat, Acocotle, and Cocoxochitl; names with such descriptive meanings as “water cane” or “waterpipe”.
The native names referred to the plant’s hollow stem and its ability to hold and transport water. Ironically, the modern name of the dahlia is not derived from the Mexican people, but from the surname of famous Swedish botanist Andrea Dahl.
Although Dahl was not involved in bringing the flower from Mexico to Europe, the name was given to him as an honorarium for his work in the field.
Why is the Dahlia so special?
The dahlia is also known as “the queen of the garden”, due to its ability to grow heads of petals nearly a foot across, on stems that can rise to heights of 8 feet.
The dahlia blooms longer than most flowers, from mid-summer through early frost, making it an ideal fall flower for your bouquets and floral arrangements. Because of the wide range of styles, dahlias can be paired with virtually any other flower; from roses to lilies to daisies, the dahlia shines in a wildflower bouquet or an elegant vase of blooms.
For ideas and inspiration in using this versatile flower in your fall bouquets, speak with the experts at Bagoy’s Flowers.
From birthday arrangements to “thinking of you”, there is an ideal dahlia to convey your sentiments – come into our Anchorage flower shop to explore the possibilities of this vivid flower today.One of the best ways to unwind and destress is to be outside in nature, but if you are unable to go out as often as you like then bring in the green and make your home a relaxing tropical oasis with plants. There are numerous health benefits of having greenery and fresh plants in your home. Research has shown that plants and flowers can reduce stress, enhance creativity, and increase productivity. Keep reading to discover some great indoor plants to get your tropical oasis started.
Bring the Tropical Paradise to You with These Indoor Plants
Parlor Palm plants are lush tropical-looking plants with rich leaves of green that are slender and arched. They are low-maintenance are great at improving indoor air quality. The Parlor Plam can last for many years if cared for properly.
A unique plant with vertical, sword-shaped leaves, this tropical stunner can grow up to 12 feet tall. Its thick, dark-green leaves have yellow and white striping providing the plant with an exotic look. A good bedroom plant, the Snake Plant is great at filtering the air and releasing oxygen at night.
The Rubber Plant has dark-green, waxy leaves that are very large and very noticeable. A great statement piece, this plant goes well with any decor. With proper care, the Rubber Plant can grow between 6 and 10 feet tall.
Believed to bring good luck and prosperity, the Chinese Money Tree is distinct with its braided trunk and lush, glossy green leaves. This beautiful plant brings vitality to any room and is also a highly-rated air purifier.
For something more exotic and colorful, look no further than the Croton plant. Often grown in tropical climates, this hardy plant also makes a good indoor plant. With large, variegated leaves covered in colors of orange, red, yellow, and green, the drama and bright colors of this plant add excitement to any room.
Pony Tail Palm
Just as its name suggests, this awesome plant has a tall trunk with hair-like slender leaves that sprout from the top and curve as they fall downward – much like a ponytail. Actually, neither a tree nor a palm, this plant is a succulent and stores water in its bulbous trunk.
For a Sensual Tropical Aroma, Select a Fragrant Indoor Plant
You’ve got the look of a tropical oasis, now get the smell of one with plants that have fragrant blossoms or fragrant leaves. For plants with scented leaves, select rosemary, mint, bee balm, or verbena. Plants with fragrant blooms include gardenia, jasmine, lavender, and geraniums.
Now that you have a list of indoor plants for creating your tropical oasis, here are a few tips for placing them throughout your home. Liven up empty corners of vacant spaces with large, bushy plants. If you have limited floor space, consider placing plants on bookshelves, counters, or on stairs. Group plants of different sizes and leaf shapes together for an interesting and lush look, and for any plants that are not pet-friendly, elevate them with hanging planters.
You’ll be amazed at how refreshed and calm you’ll feel with a lot of greenery around you. Whether relaxing on the weekend or working from home, having your own indoor tropical paradise creates a wonderfully soothing effect.
Here at Bagoy’s Florist we have a great assortment of plants for you to choose from to add to your tropical oasis, or gift to a loved one as plants are the perfect gift to give anyone!