Perennials – Sun
Dianthus spp. Ht. 8”-12” Spread 12”-18”
dye-AN-thus Spacing 9”-12”
HABIT: Delicate-looking cool season flowers that come in a variety of colors ranging from reds and purples to pinks and whites. Some are annual, others perennial. Some varieties will bloom all winter if weather is not severe. A good perennial variety is D. allwoodii. Carnations, pinks, and sweet Williams are all variations of this genus.
CULTURE: Prepared and well-drained beds in full sun. Moderate water and fertilizer. Plant in late summer, fall or late winter.
USES: Cool-season color.
PROBLEMS: None serious. New varieties are much more heat and cold tolerant.
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