Pink dianthus was selected as a 2015 All-American
selections Bedding Plant Award Winner.
Pink dianthus was selected as an All-America Bedding
Plant Award winner for 2015, and many are finding this
heat-tolerant selection to also be an excellent pansy
partner. It is rated for hardiness Zones 7 to 11, which
fits our Savannah, Ga., area perfectly. Those of you in
cooler zones will use it as an absolutely wonderful
annual that will give you an extended period of bloom.
speaking, Jolt is a Dianthus barbatus interspecific
hybrid and has some similarities to the Amazon series
that came out a decade ago. Like the Amazons, Jolt will
also provide you with a welcomed opportunity to cut some
fragrant bouquets for the vase.
I write this, Savannah has been mild so far and thus the
Jolt dianthus has proven to be a delicacy to the feeding
cloudless sulphur, American lady and common buckeye
butterflies. We have several patches or informal drifts
where we have combined them with pansies, flowering
kale, mustard and dusty miller. I assure you these will
also make perfect thriller plants in mid-sized
Jolt Pink dianthus was the All-America Winner, but know
there is also a Jolt Cherry that is deeply saturated in
color. They will generally reach 15 to 24 inches in
height. Since we planted ours a few weeks ago we have
been pushing temperatures in the high 70s, perhaps the
low 80s, so ours are growing with vigor.
plantís growth habit and leaf size reminds me of
carnations, except the dianthus is thicker and much
hardier. Whether grown as a short-lived perennial or an
annual, this dianthus will be mandatory for the garden.
with other dianthus varieties, your happiness with this
plant revolves around bed preparation. Select a sight in
full sun and add 3 to 4 inches of organic matter,
working in 6 to 8 inches deep. This will allow for good
drainage during the heavy rains that seem to occur more
often than in previous years. Space plants 10 to 14
inches apart and plant at the same depth they are
growing in the container.
is necessary to keep growth vigorous and blooms
repeating, and to maintain a tidy appearance. Feed with
a light application of a slow-release fertilizer about
every four to six weeks. If you are growing it in a cool
season bed with pansies, kale and dusty miller feed with
dilute water soluble fertilizer.
landscape options are almost endless. In the fall
landscape, combine with Redbor or Winterbor kale and
white, pink or blue pansies. In the spring landscape,
use with petunias or verbenas. If you want to be bold
and flashy combine with yellow like Flambe
chrysocephalum or GoldDust mecardonia.
if you have planted cool season flowers in you live in
Zone 8 or warmer get your beds prepared and shop for
pansies kale, mustards and the All-American Award
winning Jolt Pink dianthus. In colder regions, look for
them next spring and get ready to enjoy a real landscape