Dianthus bloom fairly late here in our cool summers, but many do very well here. I have grown many kinds and have had good luck with them wintering over. Here are some Dianthus allwoodii. When do the dianthus bloom in your neck of the woods?
the Dianthus are Blooming!
My dianthus started blooming in the end of June - the first one was Dianthus plumarius - most are in bloom from early July onwards. How is the summer temperature up there in Alaska - I'm wondering if it's similar to the cool summers we have here in Iceland.
This is how they're looking today - Dianthus plumarius has a lot of spent flowers but D. deltoides is still in full bloom (started later). I grow them in a raised bed along our driveway where they get full sun for most of the day. I've covered them up with fir branches from January (put our christmas tree and the neighbours' to further use after Christmas) to shelter them from the winter wet and they've done really well. Dianthus nitidus and D. callizonus are also blooming at the moment but D. superbus and D. amurensis 'Siberian Blues' haven't started yet. Dianthus alpinus flowered in July but is done now. As you might guess I collect them - I have a few growing in the greenhouse that I raised from seed this spring so I don't know if they survive the winter here yet. :-)
Lovely, lovely dianthus! I can see they like their home. The full sun and warm pavement beneath close at hand probably makes them happy, as well as your climate. I grow D. plumerius, D. allwoodii, D. deltoides, D. knappii, D. barbatus, D. superbus, D. 'Siberian Blues' and a couple others I can't recall. I'm not familiar with Dianthus nitidus and D. callizonus. Will they grow in our USDA zone 3? Do you collect seeds? Perhaps we could trade some seeds.
I've collected seed from both D. nitidus and D. callizonus and I'll be glad to trade with you. I have no idea what their hardinezz rating is. D. callizonus is said to be a bit tender in an icelandic book on perennials so it surprized me how well it has grown. It's become one of my favorites.
Here's a photo I took of it last year, July 9th.
It certainly is lovely. Yes, I'd love to trade some seeds. Take a look at my trade list and D-mail me. If there is something specific you are looking for, I can always dig into my seed tote!
My china pinks are blooming for the 3rd time this season :o) but this is the most
blooms it has produced, I tried getting the seeds from the last 2 times they bloomed but
the darn roly polies got to them first, so I dug it up and put it in a pot and WOW what results.
I was wondering will it be okay to leave it in the pot outsid all winter or should I put it in the
Those are lovely. They look like Strawberry Parfait. You can winter over in pots if you bury the pots in the soil up to soil surface in the pot, then mulch. Dianthus chinensis are just grown as annuals in many climates, but will survive as short-lived perennials or biennials in other climates. They often come back for us here.
Thanks, I am really hoping I get seed from this round :o)
Well I didn't get to get seeds this time around :(
It's been a lousy year for seed gathering here, as well. Chilly summer and wet fall.. bad combo! I tried to collect seeds from the Parfait China pinks last year, and I couldn't find seed. Maybe there aren't any.
Ok, now I am sad. I lost all of my dianthus this year!
Bummer, linjasar. What a shame. Are you sure it's hopeless?
There is not even a twig coming up. I have no idea why. I had about 4 different kinds. I don't know if rabbits did damage, I don't remember them eating the dianthus before. Oh well, my garden of "didn't make it" plants is incredible!
Some dianthus are considered annuals, some biennials, some perennials, and some tender perennials. What types did you plant?
I think cottage pinks (?), firewitch and strawberry something. Does that help? I am always looking into the zone factor and I thought these were ok. The strawberry somethings were from Lowes or Home Depot so I am not surprised they did not make it.
Cottage pinks should be perennial, but there is a variety called Strawberry Parfait that are usually grown as annuals.
What is the shrub/vine on the right side of your picture?
Corinne - it's a Salix species that was very commonly used in hedging in the 70's, but is less popular today. It's an icelandic hybrid of unknown origin. It's just listed as Salix sp. in my book on trees and shrubs grown here.
A couple of you had problems with your dianthus returning. After some years of trying to get them to thrive, I learned that they like an alkaline soil. I planted the latest batch with a handful of lime. They're doing MUCH better - have survived a winter nicely. I now test the PH and add wood ashes when it gets acidic again.
Good information, LAS. Dianthus don't seem to mind my soil being a bit acidic, but they also like our climate, so maybe they are more forgiving about the pH.