10 Beautiful DIY Dahlia Flower Arrangement or Bouquet Ideas

I am so excited to show you how easy it is to make a dahlia flower arrangement!

It is summertime, meaning there are lots of dahlias in the garden.  And you don’t need to go to the flower shop for these beauties. If you don’t have them in your garden, visit Trader Joe’s. 

They have the very best fresh flowers, and the prices are great.

Whether you have a special occasion or love seasonal flowers in the house, I have the best ideas for arranging your own dahlia flower arrangements.

I planted over 50 dahlia tubers this year and have many flowers. I purchase all of my dahlia tubers @sccflowerfarms. Their sale will start early next year, so stay tuned and be sure to check out their website.

I have made a wide selection of floral designs for you to enjoy. You can make these flowers at home, so choose the arrangement that fits your style and let’s get started.  

Dahlia flower arrangements- Girl holding a basket of dahlias in a dahlia garden

Do dahlias make good cut flowers?

Dahlias are an excellent choice for cut flowers. One reason is that they have strong stems. You can enjoy their beautiful blooms for several days if cared for properly. 

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  • Cut the stems diagonally with a sharp knife or shears.
  • Remove any leaves that will be below the water line.
  • Place the dahlias in a vase filled with cool, fresh water.
  • Change the water every day or two.
  • Keep the dahlias in a cool, dark place.

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What are the best dahlia varieties to use for a dahlia flower arrangement?

Dahlias are one of the most popular flowers in the world and for good reason. They come in various colors, shapes, and sizes, making them perfect for any occasion. Whether looking for a seasonal centerpiece or everyday flowers, dahlias will impress you with the freshest blooms.

There are over 49 varieties of dahlias. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Dahlias in glass vases on the kitchen counter

Dinner Plate dahlias

Dinner Plate dahlias: These flowers are the most significant type of dahlia, with flowers reaching up to 12 inches in diameter. They are typically double-flowered, with petals that curl backward.

Pompon dahlias

Pompon Dahlias: These dahlias have small, round flowers that resemble pompons. They are typically single-flowered, with petals that are tightly clustered together. 

Cactus dahlias

Cactus Dahlias: These dahlias have long, narrow petals that curl backward or forward, giving them a cactus-like appearance. They are typically double-flowered, with petals that are in bright colors. 

Ball Dahlias

Ball Dahlias: These dahlias have round flowers slightly larger than pompon dahlias. They are typically double-flowered, with petals that are loosely arranged. 

Anemone Dahlias

Anemone Dahlias: These dahlias have flowers that resemble anemones. They are typically single-flowered, with petals arranged in a single row around a central disk.

What are the basics of flower arranging?

Basics of Flower Arranging


Choose your flowers


Choose a container to fit your style and flowers


Prepare and clean your flowers

  • Use a variety of textures. The different textures of the flowers will add interest and dimension to your arrangement. For example, you can combine dinner plate dahlias with smooth petals and Cactus dahlias with long, skinny petals.
  • Use a variety of heights. This will create a more dynamic and interesting arrangement. You can use different heights of flowers by using different-sized vases or by placing some flowers in front of others.
  • Use a variety of colors. This will create a more visually appealing arrangement. You can use complementary colors or monochromatic colors. Mix black dahlias with pink dahlias.
  • Use a focal point. This is the main attraction of your arrangement (the Dinner Plate Dahlia is perfect for this). It could be a single flower, a group of flowers, or a piece of greenery.
  • Use a vase or container that complements the flowers. The vase or container should complement the colors and shapes of the flowers. You can use a simple, clear vase or a few vases together. Try using something not meant to be a vase, like a teacup, mason jar, or a pretty pitcher from the kitchen.
  • Keep your arrangement simple. Too many flowers or too much variety can be overwhelming. A simple arrangement is often the most effective.
  • Use your creativity. There are no rules when it comes to flower arranging. Have fun and experiment with different combinations of flowers, colors, and textures.

Ten of my favorite dahlia arrangements 

1. All-white dahlia arrangement

An all-white dahlia arrangement is a classic and elegant choice.

The pure white petals of the dahlias will create a sense of serenity and peace in any room. You can use a variety of dahlias in this arrangement, including Pompon Dahlias and Ball Dahlias. I like to use several small vases and put single stems in them at different heights.

Dahlia flower arrangements

2. A basket full of dahlias

I must admit, there’s nothing quite like picking dahlias from the garden and arranging them in a basket.

The rustic charm of the basket is a perfect complement to the vibrant colors of the flowers. However, fresh-cut dahlias won’t last long without water, so add them to a short vase or use flower vials to keep them hydrated.


3. Monochromatic dahlia flower arrangements

A single-stem vase of all-red dahlias is a bold and dramatic statement.

The deep red petals of the dahlias will add a touch of glamour to any room.

You can use a variety of red dahlia’s in this arrangement, including Ball Dahlias, Pompom Dahlias, and this Rock Star Anemone Dahlia.

red dahlias in single stem vases
arrangement of red and pink dahlias in small glass vases

4. Mixed dahlia Arrangement

Mixed dahlia arrangements are a great way to show off the variety of colors and shapes these flowers come in.

One of my favorite things is to pick dahlias from my garden and mix them in a bouquet. This way, I get a variety of colors and shapes in each bouquet, and the arrangements are always different.

a beautiful mulit colored dahlia flower arrangement
a beautiful mulit colored dahlia flower arrangement
a beautiful mulit colored dahlia flower arrangement

5. Light and simple dahlias

A light and simple dahlia arrangement is perfect for a minimalist décor. This arrangement typically comprises a few dahlias in a simple vase. The dahlias should be in complementary colors, such as white, cream, and pale pink.

Simple pastel dahlia flower arrangment

6. Dahlia’s mixed with other types of flowers

Dahlias are such versatile flowers that they can be mixed with various other flowers to create beautiful and stunning arrangements. Some popular flowers that mix well with dahlias include sunflowers, cosmos, zinnias, and rudbeckia.

However, I say use what you have, what is growing in the garden, or what you find at the grocery store.

mixed bouquet of flower in a glass vase with gold foil

7. Shades of sherbet dahlias-

Shades of sherbet dahlias are a fun and playful way to display these beautiful flowers. This arrangement is typically made up of dahlias in pastel colors, such as peach, pink, and yellow.

The different shades of the dahlia will create a soft and delicate arrangement.

la luna dahlias

8. Dinner Plate Dahlias

Dinner Plate Dahlias are the most stunning of the different varieties.

They certainly steal the show with their large, colorful blooms.

Dinner Plate Dahlias come in a variety of colors, including blush, orange, yellow, and pink. A few of my favorite varieties are Café Au Lait, Penhill Watermelon, and Breakout.

Dinner plate dahlia flower arrangement
pink dinner plate dahlia
Dinner plate dahlia flower arrangement

9. Pompon Dahlias

Pompon Dahlias are small and round and add great appeal to any arrangement.

These blooms are typically bright colors like red, orange, and yellow. The small size of the dahlias will add a touch of fun and whimsy to any arrangement.

Color of sherbet ice cream dahlia flowers

10. Dahlia bouquets

A Dahlia bouquet is a beautiful arrangement of dahlia flowers, often combined with other flowers or greenery.

They can be arranged in various ways, from simple to elaborate, and are often used for weddings, special occasions, and everyday home decor.

a bouquet of flowers being held by a perosn
bouquet of dahlias from the garden
bouquet of dahlias from the garden

Dahlias can last up to a week in a vase with proper care.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind when working with Dahlias as cut flowers:

  • Dahlias are best cut when almost fully open but not yet fully mature.
  • If you are cutting dahlias for a bouquet, choose flowers that are similar in size and shape.
  • To extend the vase life of your dahlias, you can add flower food or a splash of white vinegar.
  • Dahlias are susceptible to wilting, so it is crucial to keep them hydrated.

With a bit of care and attention, you can enjoy beautiful dahlias in your home for many days.

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dahlias arranged in an urn

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  1. Good day, I loved the article about arranging dahlias. I have been growing them for a few years and have accumulated a few types. Being in southern Michigan means I have to treat them as an annual. Maybe that is true wherever they are grown??? In the mixed bouquet I noticed a pink fading to yellow to pink small dahlia but after going to website you linked, I couldn’t identify it. There were a couple possibilities. I would love to learn the name of it so I can add it to my collection. I know that I can’t order it now, but I am already anticipating next year. Gardeners get a fresh start every Spring.

    1. Hi Vicky, can you e-mail me a screenshot of the flower to [email protected] I will do my best to identify it for you. I also bought a few from Swant Island. So let me look closely and see what I can tell you.

  2. Stunning, Wendy!! Just gorgeous. Flowers make me so happy. Your rainbow of colors is so, so pretty. That basket arrangement is my favorite. Such a happy post to read this morning!

    1. Thank you so much, Rachel. We will see after Hurricane Hillary if I have any flowers left.

    1. Thank you again Cindy for the feature! very kind o you.

  3. Loved the gorgeous colorful flowers and all of your fabulous ideas. Thank you for sharing it on Farmhouse Friday! I’ll be featuring it tomorrow. Have a great weekend and hope you link up again soon.

    1. Thank you so much, Cindy. I am flattered to be featured on your link party tomorrow.

    1. Thank you so much Bev. I am thrilled to be featured on your blog.

    2. Hi Bev, Just an FYI, the link to my post is incorrect. It goes to the birdhouse post.

  4. So beautiful, Wendy! So glad to have found your site….I found you through Karins Kottage Linky Party, thanks for sharing your talents.

    1. Thank you, Jenna. They are pretty easy to grow. You should give them a try.

    2. Hi Christie, Welcome. I am so happy to have you along my journey. I adore Karin and her fun linky party. I am headed to visit your site now. Have a great week.

  5. Stunning flower arrangements Wendy, I wish I had a garden full of dahlias!

    1. Thank you, Jenna. They are pretty easy to grow. You should give them a try.

  6. Oh my! Where do I even start?

    Sorry I have no words — my eyes are bugging out with so much beauty. my brain is full of taking in so much beauty, it can’t put anything out!!!

    1. You are too kind. I wish you lived closer and I could send you a bouquet of these beauties!

    1. Thank you Jennifer. I love them too! They are my favorite.

  7. Wendy, I am swooning over your gorgeous dahlias! They are absolutely stunning! All of the ways you have shown to display and arrange them are so inspirational! Gorgeous, gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much, Chloe. It has been a great year in the garden for my dahlias. I wish you lived closer and I could share some with you.

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