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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?
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:
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?
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:
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.