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Dianthus: Fragrant Dianthus Questions

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r_l_m
West Linn, OR

December 7, 2011
12:38 PM

Post #8920256

I am hoping to find a very fragrant, small flowered, hardy dianthus to plant in my garden in the Portland OR area (zone 8), does anyone here have a reccomendation? Also, does anyone know if these are deer & slug resistant?
Michael_Ronayne
Nutley, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 8, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8921867

The most fragrant Dianthus I have is a cultivar which strongly resembles Dianthus carthusianorum, which I discussed on this thread:

Dianthus carthusianorum
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1182187/

This is the earliest blooming Dianthus I have, which starts blooming in early May about Mother’s and the fragrance is unbelievable. The plant is pollen sterile so the only way to propagate it is via rooted runners. This Dianthus is a prolific growers and will quickly fill any pot by sending out runners.

Now that I have ruled out the possibility this is a species, I am working on identifying exactly what if is. To that end, I am now growing the real Dianthus carthusianorum from seeds to do a side-by-side comparison next spring.

Let me see if I can find any Dianthus sellers who categorize their Dianthus by fragrance. As there are no deer in my area, I can’t commend on deer resistance and I have never observer on slugs eating this or any other Dianthus in my garden. You might also want to review this post:

Rand B. Lee’s Dianthus Retail Plant & Seed Sources List
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1135154/

Mike
Michael_Ronayne
Nutley, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 11, 2011
5:02 AM

Post #8924709

I was going through the lists of Dianthus sellers looking for any plants which were designated as “fragrant” and a proven perennial when I realized that there was one question I didn’t ask. Exact what do you mean by “small”? My mystery Dianthus is 15 inches in height and may too tall for your needs. Can you provide an upper height limit for the flower stalks?

Mike
r_l_m
West Linn, OR

December 14, 2011
9:52 AM

Post #8929304

Mike,

As regards height, up to18" is OK.
I'm mostly thinking of the size of the bloom, wanting smaller than larger, though I'm not very picky, mostly wanting a nice strong fragrance.

Thanks,
Rich
Michael_Ronayne
Nutley, NJ
(Zone 6b)

December 15, 2011
6:37 AM

Post #8930413

Below is a list of 7 Dianthus plant sellers who are in the Garden Watchdog and have a significant offering of Dianthus cultivars. Note that the number of plants for sale is changing all the time and seed sellers are not included in the review. Where possible I added a link to a Dianthus search for the specific seller. The full list can be found here:

Rand B. Lee’s Dianthus Retail Plant & Seed Sources List
http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1135154/

Some sellers don’t identify fragrant Dianthus while others indicate that a specific Dianthus “attracts butterflies”. Several of these sellers might be worth a Email asking for their advice. Always check the Garden Watchdog for member feedback.

Mike

Company: Annie's Annuals and Perennials
No. Items: 29
Offering: Dianthus Plants
Website: http://www.anniesannuals.com/
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/3264/
Search: http://www.anniesannuals.com/plt_lst/lists/search/lst.srch.asp?srch_term=dianthus

Company: Sooner Plant Farm (home of Imagine Backyard Trees®)
No. Items: 30
Offering: Dianthus Plants
Website: http://www.soonerplantfarm.com/
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/3273/

Company: NewGardenPlants.com (New Garden Plants)
No. Items: 25
Offering: Dianthus Plants
Website: http://www.newgardenplants.com/
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/7652/
Search: http://www.newgardenplants.com/search.aspx?type=keyword&value=Dianthus

Company: Bluestone Perennials
No. Items: 25
Offering: Dianthus Plants
Website: http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/6/
Search: http://www.bluestoneperennials.com/search.html?se=dianthus

Company: Garden Crossings LLC
No. Items: 11
Offering: Dianthus Plants
Website: http://www.gardencrossings.com/
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/3424/

Company: Plant Delights Nursery
No. Items: 8
Offering: Dianthus Plants
Website: http://www.plantdelights.com/
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/9/

Company: Romence Gardens & Greenhouses
No. Items: 15
Offering: Dianthus Plants
Website: http://www.romencegardens.com/
GWD Link: http://davesgarden.com/products/gwd/c/6917/

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