Still Time to Plant Dianthus

 Plant dianthus and you may someday forego planting pansies!
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May Night Salvia and Dianthus Dash
Dianthus Dash is a taller species at 20 inches.  It comes in multicolors and pure colors with clusters of small flowers on a single stem of varied height.
Have you planted your dianthus yet?  It’s not too late.  Texas is experiencing mild weather.  This perennial is perfect for our climate!  This spring bloomer often is an errant blooms in the autumn.  Dianthus likes a good compost and rich soil.

You often read Texas perennials like “well drained soil.”  In Texas what soil is not well drained?  Dianthus does need watering in the hot months of July, August and September, about one inch per week, but it remains a drought tolerant plant — still it’s not a cactus and you cannot treat it like one!

May Night Salvia and Dianthus

Afternoon Shade Works

Dianthus or its common name, Pinks, likes to be fertilized, in Texas does best with a bit of afternoon shade. Texas is so dry you do not have to worry about planting Pinks in soggy soil. The concern in Texas is always, how much water. The Pinks will let you know, but obviously, well fertilized plants that are not overly stressed from mid-July to mid-September will form the strongest root structure to return with maximum spring flowers.

Dianthus Dash for Texas

Dash Dianthus in Your Color of Choice for Texas

Dianthus - April - Texas Perennial

Multicolored Dianthus Dash reach twenty inches in height and yes, they come back every year!

Dianthus with Snapdragons and Dusty Miller

Dianthus with Snapdragons and Dusty Miller

Dianthus blooming with heat hardy snapdragons and Dusty Miller.  In Texas Dusty Miller often acts as a perennial returning the next year.
Read more about heat hardy Snapdragons in Texas here …

Like all perennials, a layer of compost in the spring is best, followed by a layer of mulch.  Shearing the mounding plant will encourage rebloom.

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Red Dianthus Dash in Texas. Heat hardy and reliable.

Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps

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Reliable Dianthus Dash in multicolors is a perennial returning each year! Can you forget pansies? I think so. Less work more reward!

 These colors are vibrant but also the white is a pure, pure white.  If white can be considered a vivid color, Dianthus white is it!
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 Mid-March Dianthus in Texas:
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Dianthus and Society Garlic

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 Snapdragons with Dianthus

 Dianthus and Snap Dragons a Good Combination!

Dianthus with Snapdragons and Dusty Miller

Dianthus with Snapdragons and Dusty Miller

 Dianthus and snapdragons bloom at the same time and prefer the same conditions.
Read more about snapdragons in Texas here …
Dianthus with Snapdragons and Dusty Miller

Dianthus with Snapdragons and Dusty Miller

Dianthus with Snapdragons and Dusty Miller

Dianthus with Snapdragons and Dusty Miller

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  Texas Perennial - Dianthus and Snapdragons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effective Use of Red Dianthus