Dianthus Neon Star
Dianthus 'Neon Star' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens

Pinks

Dianthus 'Neon Star' is a vibrant fluorescent pink flower with a very tight, mounding habit. It often reblooms in the fall if cut back after the initial bloom. With its tight habit this is a great choice for rock gardens or as an edger.

  • Height: 18 - 20 cm (7 - 8 in)
  • Spread: 18 - 25 cm (7 - 10 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: early to mid summer
  • Leaf Colour: silver grey
  • 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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