About Dianthus Alpinus
One of the best attributes of this type of “Maiden Pink” is the way its foliage forms a plush mat of deep green that creeps along garden edges or rock gardens. Rising above the leaves of Dianthus Alpinus are the frilly pink flowers with the crimson eyes. They are native to the Alps and excellent for dry or rocky conditions. Montana State University lists Dianthus as a deer resistant plant.
Planting and Growing Dianthus
Make sure your Dianthus “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area in the sun or a little part shade is okay. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot. Clip spent blooms for a continuous flush of flowers!