Dianthus Kahori
Dianthus 'Kahori' photo courtesy of Paridon Horticultural

Dianthus 'Kahori' was impressive in the Michigan test gardens we visited this past summer. We liked its compact, neat habit and heavy flower production. The fragrant flowers are rosy pink and are produced in early summer and then sporadically throughout the rest of the summer. The gray-green-foliage is dense and grass like and the flowers are carried on wiry stems just above the foliage. This is an excellent choice for the rock or alpine garden.

  • Height: 15 - 30 cm (6 - 12 in)
  • Spread: 25 - 30 cm (10 - 12 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: early summer to fall
  • Leaf Colour: gray-green
  • Bloom Colour: pink
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Dianthus grow best in full sun in loose, fertile well drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH and even moisture. Adding a little grit to the soil will improve drainage because excessive moisture can kill the plants. Dianthus can handle short periods of dryness but watering is necessary during drought. Dead heading regularly will encourage repeat bloom and keep the plants looking attractive. After the first flush of bloom cut all the spent flower stems down to encourage another flush of bloom later in the summer. The foliage is evergreen in our area so a spring trim is necessary to clean up winter damage

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