Dianthus ‘First Love’

Dianthus ‘First Love’
15-18 inches high x 12 inches wide
Zone 3
Full Sun


Plant Select® 2001. Intensely fragrant clustered flowers change from white to deep rose (the opposite of fading!) while blooming from spring to frost (with dead heading). This selection is perennial and so much more graceful than a Sweet William because the flower clusters are not in tight stiff helmets. 15-18 inches height allows cut flower use while the 12 inch wide clump-forming basal foliage is pleasing in the winter garden. Casper Mountain tested!

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.

About sizes of our plants:

Sizes indicated with a # are roughly the equivalent in gallonage; so a #2 is about a 2 gallon pot size; b&b stands for balled and burlapped.