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DIANTHUS 'Melody White'

Image of Dianthus 'Melody White' (MELODY SERIES)

James H. Schutte

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'Melody White'( MELODY SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Melody White Pinks, Pinks

Special Notice

This entry has yet to be reviewed and approved by L2G editors.

General Description

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 of 'Melody White' at even intervals, each topped with a large, lightly fragrant bright white flower. Serrated petals provide a soft, ruffled appearance. These delicate sprays arise from a dense clump of lance-shaped foliage.

Easily grown from seed or available as starter plants, the Melody Series pinks need sun and well-drained soils for success making them a great choice for pots or raised beds. Plants can be set out early because of their frost tolerance and the flower color won’t fade as the weather heats up. Use 'Melody white pinks mixed with hardy violas in the winter annual garden in hot climes or as a summer bedding plant in cooler areas.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • 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

    22"-24" / 55.9cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Europe, Northern Europe, Western Europe

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Red, Pink, Light Pink, Rose, Dark Red, Orange Red

  • Fruit Color

    Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single, Double, Semi-Double

  • 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

    Bedding Plant, Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Groundcover, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds, Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    No