in mass like this Dianthus Bouquet Rose gives a
wow element to the cool season landscape.
fall has been amazing for those of us who have been
growing the Bouquet series of dianthus. The flower power
of this dianthus is unmatched in the gardening world. I
admit there was a little anxiety with the recent winter
storm called Benji. Now Bouquet Purple was a Minnesota
Select Perennial Plant of the Year, so we know it has
see our Bouquet dianthus was in full glorious bloom
which is one of the reasons we plant them in the fall as
pansy pals. This flower, however, has performed beyond
our expectations. As the snows came, as the sleet fell
and the temperatures plunged to the mid-20’s Bouquet
dianthus didn’t even seem to lose a flower it
performed like the ‘champion’ it is.
of us find ourselves in the midst of our cool season
garden landscape. If you procrastinated because of the
busy fall season, you might be looking for some flowers
that will carry you into summer. The Bouquet series
offers color, fragrance and a bounty of cuts for the
have to admit there is something special about cutting
from your own garden and sharing. It might be as simple
as giving a bouquet of cut flowers from the garden to
your neighbors, or a Sunday school member that needs a
little blessing. For cut flowers, it is recommended that
stems be cut when three flowers are fully open.
you are looking for a pansy companion, cut flower, and
even a perennial performance, then the Bouquet dianthus
series is my first choice of dianthus. For years it was
a series of one, Bouquet Purple. This was like an
electrifying shot of energy to the pansy pal market.
First, forget the color purple, it is a shocking
iridescent hot pink that will dazzle in any landscape.
in the series came Bouquet Rose Magic followed by
Bouquet Rose, all equally good performers. Bouquet Rose
Magic blooms open white and mature to light pink, then a
deep rose color. Most flower stalks contain all of these
colors at once.
Bouquet series of dianthus is vigorous, reaching 18 to
24 inches tall and born to bloom. Though I am suggesting
them as a partner for pansies, they will bloom much of
the summer in the hot, humid south before going into a
rest ready to start again in the fall.
grow best in well-worked beds that are loose, rich in
organic matter and well-drained. When preparing a bed,
incorporate two pounds of a slow-release fertilizer with
minor nutrients per 100 square feet of bed space. They
will need plenty of sun to bloom to their potential.
the prettiest display, set the dianthus out in drifts of
three to four plants per square foot. The colors allow
them to combine nicely with blue and purple pansies,
pink petunias, dusty miller and by all means consider
inter-planting with spring daffodils.
last attribute that you will be delighted about is their
ability to bring in butterflies. Gardeners might not
think about the dianthus as being part of a pollinator
project. Here in Savannah as our blooms opened up, we
found gulf fritillaries, zebra heliconians various
swallowtails, and sulphurs all participating in what
seem to be a feast of the nectar d’jour.