Caring for Perennials: Dianthus (Carnation)

A Guide to Caring for Perennials: Dianthus (Carnation, Cottage Pinks, Garden Pinks )

PLANTING: Appealing to pollinators but deer, drought resistant. Hardy and perpetually flowering in winter, deadhead to encourage more blooms. Fantastic color variety. Choose a sunny spot where plants will receive at least four hours of sun each day. They can grow in less sun, but stems tend to be floppier and display fewer flowers. In the warmest Zones, protect your carnation plants from the hottest sun of the day. A spot with morning sun is ideal.

MAINTENANCE: Carnation plants are carefree and resilient, have long bloom times, and flower generously. Pinks like air circulation so mulching is not recommended.

Where to plant: Light Requirements: Light Requirements: Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Requirements: Moist, Well-drained

Soil Tolerance: Normal, Loamy, Sandy

Spacing: Habit: Mounded, upright, Height: 9-12 in, Width: 7-12 in

Uses: Beds, Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Foundation, Ground Cover, Ornamental, Outdoor

Bloom Start to End: Early Spring - Mid Fall

General Planting Instructions

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