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DIANTHUS 'First Love'

Image of Dianthus 'First Love'

Carol Cloud Bailey

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'First Love'

Plant Common Name

Dianthus, First Love Dianthus

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Width

    12"-20" / 30.5cm - 50.8cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Light Pink

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Edging, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No