‘Shooting Star’ forms neat and compact evergreen mounds that remain attractive all season long. The blue-green foliage is covered with hundreds of magenta purple flowers in early spring, and again in early fall after dead-heading. The delightful spicy clove fragrance is an added bonus! Dianthus ‘Shooting Star’ is a small, cushion forming perennial that needs a sunny site with well-drained soil; will tolerate some shade in the afternoon along with humidity. Large, unusual lavender-pink flowers bloom above a mounded cushion of deep green foliage. Great in rock gardens, low borders or for edging perennial gardens.
Single flowers formed from overlapping magenta petals. Evergreen, blue-green foliage. The earliest Dianthus to flower is strongly scented of cloves. Series will bloom for many weeks and has a good tolerance to heat and humidity. Great for borders, cottage gardens, rock gardens or edging along walks or paths.
There are over 300 species of dianthus flowers in the world. They come in a myriad of colors: red, purple, white and pink. Some common dianthus flowers are carnations, pinks and sweet williams.
Not only are dianthuses beautiful, they are also very easy to grow. You’ll find that the most difficult part of growing dianthus is choosing which type(s) you want to plant. They come in annuals, biennials and perennials—which allow you to enjoy them all year round. They bloom during the mid-summer in the Midwest and the North—and during the fall and winter in the South. You can plant dianthus flowers in spring or fall.
Dianthus flowers are very low maintenance. They require only cool weather, rich and slightly alkaline soil, and full sun exposure. Dianthus flowers are perfect for plant containers and will bring a splash of color to any urban balcony garden. Dianthus flowers come in many colors, either it be a solid white, red, purple, pink and sometimes yellow, or with two colors or marks in the petals. The height of this flower ranges from 6 inches to 3 feet, and there are so many Dianthus varieties that any gardener can find a beautiful Dianthus species to fit his or her balcony garden.