Hybrids of sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) and its close cousin D. chinensis, these are indeed ideal candidates for places where a compact, colorful, free-blooming annual or short-lived perennial is needed. Flat clusters of frilly-edged, unscented, five-petaled flowers appear in spring and continue until summer heat sets in. Purple, pink, red, white, and pictoee varieties are available. The narrow, bright green foliage is evergreen in mild-winter areas.
(Melody Pinks, Pinks)
Pushing the seasonal boundaries of these normally cool- weather annuals, the Melody Series of pinks scoff at frosty temperatures and keep blooming into the heat of summer. These hybrids have been embraced by the commercial cutflower industry because their long, low-branched stems strongly support even the lateral blooms nicely. The frilly-edged flowers are equally as beautiful in the garden as a florist’s vase.
Blue-green leaves clasp the multiple stems at even intervals, each topped with a...
(Dianthus, Noverna Pinks, Pinks)
Commonly known as sweet William, Dianthus barbatus is a short-lived perennial native to southern Europe and long cultivated in gardens. These F1 hybrids depart from all previous sweet Williams by going from seed to showy bloom in a matter of weeks. Flowering continues until fall. Borne in distinct flattish clusters, the sweetly scented blossoms come in an array of whites, purples and pinks, with some flowers exhibiting white eyes. The leaves are narrow and glossy dark green.
(Pinks, Scent First™ Dianthus)
The genus Dianthus comprises approximately 300 species and more than 27,000 cultivars. Collectively known as “pinks”, these showy flowering plants have been grown for many hundreds of years. Their common name was given for the sharply-toothed petal tips of their flowers, which look like they were cut by pinking shears.
Nearly all Dianthus species hail from Eurasia and northern Africa, while only one originates from North America. Most are herbaceous tender perennials; however...
(Dianthus, Pinks, Star Pinks)
Worthy of top billing in just about any perennial border, Star Series dianthus draw applause with their multicolored, fragrant flowers displayed against compact mounds of handsome blue-green foliage. The fringed, intricately patterned, single flowers are white, pink, red, or purple with boldly contrasting markings. Flowering begins and is heaviest in late spring but may continue sporadically through summer if spent blooms are removed.
Like most pinks, Star Series dianthus like sun and well-drained,...
Bred in the Netherlands, Sunflor Series dianthus are hardy, floriferous hybrids that bloom in a wide array of colors, some with fragrant blossoms. Their neat clumps of green to gray-green, waxy, strap-like leaves are topped with large, single or double flowers from late spring through summer. The blooms are held on short, sturdy stems and appear in a range of solids and bicolors.
Offering exceptional tolerance to both summer heat and winter cold, these small perennials are seldom troubled by...
(Super Trooper Dianthus)
The dwarf hybrid carnations of the Super Trooper series are small to medium-sized plants that come in an especially wide array of flower colors, some with fragrant blossoms. They are free-blooming, easy to grow and are typically early season flowering.
These hybrid, short-lived perennials form neat clumps of green, waxy, strap-like leaves. From early spring onward, their short stems become covered with big, single or double (extra petals) flowers ranging in color from pinks and reds to purples,...
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(China Pinks, Pinks, Telstar Pinks)
With their showy flowers and long season of bloom, these hybrids of sweet William (Dianthus barbatus) and Dianthus chinensis are stars of the late spring, summer, and fall garden (or the winter garden in mild climates). Flat heads of white, pink, purple, salmon, red, or picotee flowers emerge in late spring and seem to float atop compact, narrow-leaved plants. The fringed blooms are mildly fragrant.
Telstar Series pinks are perfect for mixed borders, edging, containers, or cottage gardens....
Originally native to southern Europe, sweet william is a short-lived perennial which is commonly treated as an annual or biennial. Beloved for its bright clusters of lightly scented flowers borne in summer, this old fashioned favorite self-sows readily to form charming colonies, ensuring its long-lived presence in the garden. Much hybridization has occurred to broaden the range of flower and leaf colors of sweet william, as well as to intensify its fragrance.
Typically blooming in the second...
(Sweet William, White Sweet William)
The snowy white flowers of sweet william ‘Albus’ brings a fresh look to the summer garden. Its dense clusters of single, fringed, lightly scented flowers appear from late spring through midsummer. They rise amid clumps of flat, lance shaped, semi-evergreen foliage, and are visited by bees and butterflies.
Originally native to southern Europe, sweet william is a short-lived perennial which is commonly treated as an annual or biennial. Typically blooming in the second season from sowing,...