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Plants: Dianthus
 

Other Names: Pinks, Cottage Pinks, Cheddar Pinks, Maiden Pinks, Carnation, Sweet William

 

 

Dianthus are a group of plants with more than 300 species that range in height from a few inches to a few feet. They have green to blue/gray foliage with very showy medium sized, five-petal frilled, or pinked flowers.

 

They can be very fragrant and come in many varied colors, from bi-colors in white and shades of pink to the darkest burgundy. The barbatus (Sweet William) varieties are good for the back of the border mixed with Phlox and Yarrows, while the smaller more delicate varieties such as the Star series make a nice impact when massed in the front of the perennial border or in a rock garden.

 

Popular Dianthus varieties include, but are not limited to:

 

 

Dianthus 'Bath's Pink' Dianthus  ‘Firewitch’

Cheddar Pink
Features: Gray green narrow foliage with double pink flowers
Blooms: May- July
Height: 6 inches

Cheddar Pink
Features: Gray green foliage with magenta toothed flowers
Blooms: May- July
Height: 6-8 inches

       
Dianthus 'Raspberry Surprise' Dianthus Scent First™ Sugar Plum

Maiden Pink
Features: Gray green foliage with magenta toothed flowers
Blooms: spring, late summer
Height: 6-10 inches

Cheddar Pink
Features: Gray green foliage with magenta toothed flowers, fragrant, spicy scented
Blooms: spring, late summer
Height: 6-10 inches

       
Spangled Star Dianthus Peppermint Star Dianthus

Star Series
Features: Gray foliage, red flower edged with pink and pale pink blotches, clove scented, heat tolerant
Blooms: early summer, early fall
Height: 6-8 inches

Star Series
Features: Bright pink flowers with a rose-burgundy eye and a spicy fragrance, heat tolerant
Blooms: late spring/summer and later summer/fall
Height: 6-9 inches

       
Easter Star Dianthus Sweet William Dianthus

Star Series
Features: Gray green foliage, large bright red flower with darker center, heat tolerant
Blooms: May- June, and early fall
Height: 6-8 inches

Dianthus barbatus
Features: colorful fringed flowers on longer stalks (biennial/short-lived perennial)
Blooms: May- July
Height: 1-3 ft

       

 

 

 

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