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DIANTHUS 'Oakington'

Image of Dianthus 'Oakington'

Blooms of Bressingham

Family

Caryophyllaceae

Botanical Name

DIANTHUS 'Oakington'

Plant Common Name

Dianthus, Oakington Dianthus

General Description

Clove-scented, semi-double, lavender-pink flowers cover ‘Oakington’ in abundance in late spring. This Blooms of Bressingham introduction has an old-fashioned look ideal for cottage gardens or sunny perennial borders.

Its neat mounds of blue-green strappy leaves are evergreen and look clean and pretty all year around. From late spring to midsummer, it offers waves of short, upright, branched stems topped with fragrant, pink flowers. The semi-double blooms look like small carnations and are great for cutting. Deadheading will keep the plants looking clean and may encourage continued bloom.

Grow this Dianthus in full to partial sun and any well-drained garden soil with a neutral to alkaline pH. It is low-maintenance and has few pest and disease problems, though overwatering can cause crown and root rot. High heat also reduces vigor and discourages flowering. Enjoy this in a trough or rock garden, along border edges or any garden space with highly drained soil and good light.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • 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

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    8"-10" / 20.3cm - 25.4cm

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early 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

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Cushion/Mound-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Pink, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Blue Green, Gray Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Semi-Double

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes