Some of us plant a row or two of annuals for cutting, but Frances Palmer has taken the phrase “cutting garden” to the most delightful extreme. From the first spring bulbs to the final asters of fall, ceramic artist Frances Palmer’s Connecticut Garden is a nonstop harvest. No flower gets more of the prime real estate in her beds than dahlias, and she grows hundreds of dahlia plants each year.
Frances Palmer is a well-known ceramist and gardener, author of the 2020 book “Life in the Studio,” and creator of a popular Instagram account, too. We talked about growing great dahlias—and some of her favorites and her go-to sources.
I’ve never grown dahlias before, but winter sowed seeds this year. Can’t wait to see what they turn into!