Dianthuses are hardy, herbaceous, perennial plants that produce bright, fragrant blooms. Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants. The name Dianthus is from the Greek words for God and flowers. Its genus can include Carnations, Picotees, and Sweet William. Dianthus are easy to grow and prefer full sun, moderate climates, and rich, well drained soil. Perennial Dianthus is often evergreen or semi-evergreen. The dark green foliage stays evergreen in winter months except in northern climates. The evergreen foliage and the long flowering season allows for interesting year-around displays of foliage in the winter and flowers in spring, summer, and fall. Dianthus are used in containers, mixed plantings, cut flower gardens, scented gardens, butterfly gardens, and borders.
Dianthus is deer resistant and multiplies readily. Along with well drained soil, select a site with neutral to alkaline soil pH. Dianthus will not tolerate wet soils, especially in the winter. Remove spent blooms on tall varieties or cut back mounding plants after they flower to encourage rebloom. Dianthus plants need good air circulation and they should not be heavily mulched. A very light mulch at the base of the plant is sufficient for weed control. Use an light application all purpose fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks to promote flowering. Dianthus may be divided every 3 to 4 years by digging the plant up and splitting the base into divisions and replanting. Water thoroughly upon replanting.
Nature Hills sells a variety of plants and products, with many available in different types and sizes:
Select (bare root) Trees - Hand-selected quality bare root trees. The height of the tree you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
Select (bare root) Plants - Hand selected-quality bare root plants.The height of the plant you will receive will be displayed under the icon. Popular sizes of Select Plants are 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Select (bare root) Small Fruits - Hand-selected quality small fruit plants. The height and # of plants in the pack you will receive is displayed above and below the image. (Ex: 3-pack of 1 foot plants).
Note on No. 1 Select sizes: You may see No. 1 used as the size of Select Tree/Plant. A "Number 1" grade plant is the highest-grade bare root plant available.
Potted Plants & Trees - Quality plants and trees with developed root systems will have this icon. Typical sizes of our potted plants and trees are as follows:
• #1 Container - Ranges from 2.26-3.73 quarts or 2.49-4.11 liters
• #2 Container - Equal to 1.19-1.76 gallons or 5.246-7.770 liters
• #3 Container - Equal to 2.32-2.76 gallons or 10.285-12.164 liters
• #5 Container - Equal to 2.92-4.62 gallons or 12.86-20.36 liters
• 5.5" pot is 5 1/2" x 5" x 5" which is equal to 1.89 of a quart or 1.78 liters
• 4.5" pot is 4.5" round x 4" deep and equal to 1.31 pints or 619.8 milliliters
• 4" and 3.5" pots may measure 4"x 4"x3 1/2" which is equal to .87 of a quart or .82 of a liter in volume or 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" which is equal to .67 of a quart or .63 of a liter in volume.
Plant and Flower Bulbs - Quality bulbs, roots and tubers. The number of bulbs included in the pack is displayed below the bulbs images.
Seed Packets - Our seed packets will contain this icon.
Other product types will simply list what type of product it is (bags of seed, trays of plugs and garden center items etc.).