Flower Garden With Dianthus Plants
Long grown in the mountains and meadows of Europe, varieties of the genus Dianthus offer fragrance and a proliferation of showy, spring blooms. With more than 300 species and many hybrids, the versatile dianthus plants can fill most roles in flower gardens. If you wish to grow this beautiful flowering plant in flower gardens, you need to consider several aspects such as the selection of the site, quality of the soil, mulching, watering and fertilizing. The characteristics of Dianthus plants; single, double or semi-double dianthus flowers may be all one color or flecked or edged with another shade. Long-blooming, some varieties flower again late in the summer or keep going into fall if faded blossoms are removed. Many have a rich, clove-like fragrance. Foliage on a dianthus tends to be linear or lance-shaped, with a blue-green or gray-green tint and waxy texture.
In most cases, perennial varieties flourish in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 4 through 9. Dianthus repel deer, but mice and voles may munch on the roots and crowns. All species fare best in full sun in neutral to slightly alkaline, well-drained soil that is not mulched. Propagate biennials and annuals from seed, but multiply perennials through division or by planting cuttings. After all, Dianthus is suitable for flower gardens in every houses.