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Carol Cloud Bailey
DIANTHUS 'First Love'
Dianthus, First Love Dianthus
The single, fringed blossoms of hybrid border pink 'First Love' open white, then transform to pale pink before turning lavender-rose with maturity. All shades appear at the same time, creating a lovely, multi-tone drift of color. Blooming from late spring throughout summer, the flowers have a sweet, spicy fragrance, and may attract bees and butterflies. They rise on slender stems from spreading, evergreen mounds of linear, blue-green foliage. In areas with very warm winters, this plant may continue to bloom through the winter months.
Grow this charming perennial in full to partial sun and gritty, well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil. Avoid soggy conditions and overwatering, as these may cause stem and root decay. Shear back faded flower stems periodically to encourage heavier reblooming. ‘First Love’ is a fine choice for edging or accent in sunny rock gardens and well-drained mixed borders. Its soft blooms look pretty spilling over the edges of containers or stone walls, and also make good cut flowers.
9 - 1
4 - 9
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm
12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Pink, Light Pink
Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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