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Dianthus (Pinks)


You know last week we talked about beautifying your landscape with pansies and they sure are spectacular. But if we have extremely cold weather cold temperatures can kill these things or really burn them back severely.

When I plant my landscape with my old mama in Tennessee I always use some of these Dianthus. She used to call them pinks because that's probably the only color they had in the old days. But, of course, as you can see the Dianthus or pinks now come in all shades of colors, mixed and matched, reds, and every other color. They really are spectacular in the landscape.

The nice thing about these is they will not freeze. I don't care how cold it gets they will not freeze so they are a wonderful addition to the landscape. The problem with them is the reason people use pansies more is because pansies will bloom a little bit during the winter and still give you that spring bloom. Dianthus doesn't hardly bloom much in the winter at all, but in the spring there's nothing that can compare to it.

Remember when you are planting Dianthus plant a bunch of them. If you're not stopping traffic in the road a hundred yards away, you haven't got enough of them in a group. So group them together and what you might want to do is plant some pansies, Dianthus, and snapdragons like this lady's done and see how bad the winters going to do. That way you will always have some spring beauty for your mama wherever she might be and she'll love you for that. The best Christmas gift you can give her.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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