Since dianthus blooms cap long stems, remove spent blooms by cutting off the entire stem close to the plant base. Banks and Slopes, City, Cottage/Informal, Beds and borders, Flower Arranging. Dianthus is a family of plants that grow as perennials, biennials or annuals, depending upon the species and … Arctic Fire: This dianthus features the contrasting eye common in the biennial varieties, but it is hardy to zone 3. Some flowers in the Dianthus genus include maiden pinks, sweet william and carnations. This prevents the plant from diverting energy into creating a seedpod at the flower base instead of spending energy to create new flowers. Use sharp pruning shears or scissors to cut off, or deadhead, wilting and dead blooms. Height/Spread: Upright or bushy habit, 6-30 inches tall, 6-10 inches wide . Color: Red, pink, white or bicolored flowers; green foliage This month we feature Dianthus ‘Pink Kisses’ from Selecta, a new type of pot carnation that is easy to cultivate in any given container size. Dianthus, including pinks and carnations, are certainly not all pink in colour – they can shade from pure white to the deepest of reds. Firewitch: Although this hot pink variety has been in cultivation since 1957, its popularity exploded when it was named the 2006 Perennial Plant of the Year. They should not be put near streams or rivers either, because those areas are often permanently damp. Wait until midseason to deadhead dianthus. Dianthus 'Kahori' (Pink 'Kahori') will reach a height of 0.35m and a spread of 0.5m after 2-5 years. tall. Varieties of Perennial Dianthus . Rainbow Pink) Dianthus chinensis. Suggested uses. Dianthus flowers are most often in pink, salmon, red and white hues. Sweet Williams (Dianthus barbatus), grown as biennials for early summer flowers, are also part of the Dianthus family. Grow pinks in well-drained compost in full sun. The foliage is slender and sparsely spread on thick stems. China Pink (syn. How to Remove Dead Blooms From a Dianthus. Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer, with rebloom in summer . It especially works well for 1-pint and 1-quart pot production. A cottage garden favourite, pinks are easy to grow and look good at the front of a border or in pots. Cultivation. They are also highly scented and are often chosen to be grown in a rock garden, or as an integral part of the planting in a cottage garden. The maiden pink (Dianthus deltoides) is an exception. Zones: 6-9. The plants are small and usually between 6 and 18 inches (15-46 cm.) How to grow pinks. That’s why they should not be planted next to other plants that require much water. About dianthus. Carnations (dianthus) are sensitive to too much humidity. 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