Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Zone 3 Plant/Flower: Dianthus (Blue Hills)

Description: Blue Hills Pinks is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Hardy: Zone 3

Bloom Time: Late spring - mid summer

Height: 6 inches

Spacing: 12 inches

Sun Needs: Full sun

Water Needs: Medium (mature plants can be drought tolerant)

Outstanding Features:  Icy looking foliage, attracts bees, butterflies. Beautiful contracts between foliage and pink flowers.

Uses: Cut flowers, rock gardens, boarders. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Tips: Blue Hills Pinks will grow to be only 4 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This perennial should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This plant can be propagated by division.

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