Gardening with Dianthus chinensis
China Pink Dianthus
Dianthus chinensis is the China pink Dianthus that is sold as an annual bedding plant in the garden centers each spring. It is actually perennial, only unrealiably so, in zones 4-11.
Tips for container gardening with annual pinks.
China pink Dianthus grows to about a foot tall. It features blue-green foliage and brightly colored red or pink Dianthus flowers.
The blooms are single and consist of 5 petals. The edge of each petal is toothed.
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Set the plants 9 inches apart in well drained soil in full sun. They will begin to bloom in early spring and continue through the season if you keep them deadheaded.
Water them regularly during the heat of summer and feed them in spring, summer and fall.
They will spread but they are not invasive. Periodically dig and divide the clumps to remove the woody centers.
China Pink Container Garden Pictures
Annual China pinks are fabulous container gardening plants. They are small and can share a large pot with several other plants. In this photo, D. chinensis shares a color bowl with a zonal geranium.
Pinks don't mind growing under crowded conditions and bloom profusely so just 1 or 2 plants will make a big impact.
In this pot, the China pinks are bunking in with the honey-scented Lobularia maritima.
Dianthus chinensis flowers sometimes exude a light spicy scent so this may be a sweet pairing indeed.
Container Garden Tips:
How Do You Prune Dianthus ?
Shear it back to 4 inches after the blooms fade and it will rebloom.
Different Dianthus Species:
Dianthus deltoides: 'Zing Rose' & Other Maiden Pinks