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Directory of Annuals - Gardening with Annuals - University of Illinois Extension

Directory of Annuals

Annual China Pink/Sweet William
Dianthus chinensis / Dianthus barbatus

Dianthus 'Ideal Violet'
Dianthus 'Ideal Violet'

Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
6 - 18 Inches
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Bloom Color
Bi-color
Pink
Red
White
 
Bloom Season
May - October
 
Hardiness
Hardy Annual
 
Size
Small
Medium
 

Features

A good annual to include in the early spring and fall garden as they prefer cooler temperatures. Many good hybrids now available to help with the weather tolerance. Taller varieties good as cut flowers. Under some conditions and with light protection, they may be perennial.

Culture

Full sun to very light shade. Provide some shelter for the very hottest sun. Well drained, organic soils. Deadheading helps to prolong bloom.

Cultivars

  • 'Telstar' series
  • 'First Love' 18"-24" pink flowers
  • 'Dynasty' Series (tall)
  • 'Raspberry Parfait' 6"-12" crimson bicolor flowers
  • 'Strawberry Parfait' 6"-12" pink bicolor flowers
  • Bouquet Series 18-24" purple, crimson flowers

Notes

Leave a few seed heads to allow the plant to self-sow and return next season. Good drainage is critical in growing dianthus so as to avoid root and stem problems.