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Dianthus

dianthus-pop-star-.jpgDianthus (dye-anth-us); The Pink Family (Caryophyllaceae) This genus includes the tall clove scented florist carnation, the smaller sweet William and the low-growing fragrant evergreen forms called grass or border pink. Grass or border pinks are low-growing, tufted hardy perennials with narrow grass-like opposite leaves that sometimes shade towards a gray-blue. Evergreen pinks retain shape and color even under snow, a trait that makes them an ideal border plant in cooler areas and a staple in rock gardens.

Perennial Dianthus is easy to grow and hardy from zone 3 to 9, occasionally 5 or 8. The genus includes hundreds of annual, biennial, and perennial species; we only sell perennial species, subject to Mother Nature. Plant dianthus in full sun (minimum half day), or light shade in the most southern zone or extremely hot conditions.

Compact clumps of evergreen foliage can be planted in clay to sandy soil, as long as it is well-drained, it does prefer neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Tolerant of short periods of drought.

Do not mulch heavy, unless with pea stone or gravel; however, in colder zones, a layer of mulch can be added to protect the evergreen foliage. As soon as the weather begins to warm up, remove all of this mulch to prevent crown rot.

Excellent as an evergreen border plant, in mass or containers, as cut flower or foliage, dried flower or seed heads, salt tolerant. With the scent of clove, this fragrant member of the carnation family flowers attracts butterflies. Deer resistant.

With its clove-like fragrance, this low-growing member of the carnation family, is a great choice near an entry or walkway, and a perfect choice for many landscape solutions, as long as it is well-drained. After flowering in late spring, with most new varieties, the spent flowers can be cut back to promote reblooming on many varieties. Avoid over-watering, usually once a week until established will suffice.

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