dianthus & roses

megajas(z7 VA)March 11, 2008


We're re-doing our center bed and I finally have decided on the plants and layout. It is a circular bed with 4- 12x12 stepping stones in the center w/ a sundial on pedestal and more stepping stones bisecting the circle like an "X" (it is 10' across). In pots at the center of the circle in ea. of the 4 quadrants I am putting plumbago. In front of that I want a rose in each section (was thinking KO Rose??? other suggestions for 3-4' high or less everbloomer w/ scent?) In front of the roses is thyme (4 different varieties, one in each quadrant), all along the outer edge is heather and lining the stepping stones I want borders of dianthus.

What are the best evergreen varieties of dianthus that have LONG bloom times?? Perennial in Z7. Thanks!


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libbyshome(z9a BC)

Dianthus gratianopolitanus and D. deltoides are two of the best.


    Bookmark   March 11, 2008 at 10:29PM
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My D.gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch' is the longest blooming dianthus I've ever had. The color is a little wild though.

I think the dianthus and thymes like things a bit drier than roses. Not that you couldn't have the two together.

I'm sure your project will be beautiful when it's finished, Bonnie. Good luck!


    Bookmark   March 12, 2008 at 5:59AM
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I love my dianthus! They are just outside the front porch in this photo. If you look across the stream, they line the pathway opposite my roses. They are SOOOOO fragrant! The spicy scent lasts a long time. Here in my zone 7, the foliage is evergreen and pretty year round. Mine are in FULL south-facing sun, so they are holding up great in heat and in the drought that we've had. These were all planted in September/October 2005.


Here is a link that might be useful: Mountain Mist

    Bookmark   March 12, 2008 at 12:30PM
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megajas(z7 VA)

That is gorgeous! I can't get lavender to grow to save my life, but I LOVE it! I have found good luck with salvias though, so I try to pretend ... although the smell is not even close LOL. Thanks for the suggestions, I can't wait to go shopping and see what's available in those categories.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 8:43AM
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memo(Zone 4B Nebraska)

Just thought that I would mention that my Knockout roses got about 3 feet tall and 2 1/2 feet around in their first season. You'll love the blooms! Mine would bloom and then I'd deadhead and within about 10 days they were blooming again. They say you don't have to deadhead them but I did it hoping they would re-bloom faster, and they did.


    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 4:24PM
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happyintexas(z7 TX)

My Knockout rose topped out at six feet this spring as a three year old plant. LOL

Try a Valentine rose or a Republic of Texas...neither have a lot of scent, but they bloom like crazy. The Valentine is a tiny bit suspeptible to blackspot, but the Republic of Texas is bullet proof.

Both of those will stay in the three foot range and be very happy.

Here is a link that might be useful: Creative Soul

    Bookmark   March 15, 2008 at 7:02PM
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this will be my second year with KO roses. I am surprised at the growth they put on and they're not even out of the nursery pots because I had no beds prepared. i will put them in this year for sure. i did the dead heading thing too, just to keep them looking tidy, but I'm sure it helped them rebloom faster, as MeMo noted.

    Bookmark   March 16, 2008 at 6:04PM
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I really think that the KO roses will be too big for that spot. Julia Child stays pretty compact and has a perfect yellow to blend with all the shades of dianthus available. I grow mine no-spray and it doesnt seem to be bothered by black spot. Here are a few pics of this rose:

    Bookmark   March 18, 2008 at 9:11PM
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lori_elf z6b MD

'Bath's Pinks' are a long-blooming variety. They are compact and evergreen with bluish-silvery foliage. They will rebloom better if you sheer them after blooming.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2008 at 4:00PM
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Nell Jean

Bath's Pinks are just coming into bloom here, seen in right lower corner through the daffodil foliage.

Garden designer Jane Bath, who 'discovered' this dianthus, (which was then propagated for the trade by the late Marc Richardson) lives near Atlanta, which will give you a point of reference for where it thrives.

Small clumps will stay blue-green all winter and spread quickly in spring.

Just for informational purposes, those are Sweet William dianthus behind the Baths Pinks, white blooms, and multicolored pink to the left, if you want a taller dianthus that will bloom most of the spring and summer. There are some pretty colors available, including a dark red, almost black, called 'Sooty.'

    Bookmark   March 25, 2008 at 2:50PM
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