‘D’ is for Dianthus and flowering Dogwood

This weeks True North Landscaping Blog letter is D.  Let’s get in the mood for Spring, shall we?

D – is for Dianthus

Dianthus

There’s a lot of great varieties of this beautiful ground cover perennial.  A couple beautiful ones are ‘Cheddar Pink’ & ‘Firewitch’.  Used as accents in mass plantings in your landscape or to edge a bed, Dianthus is a beautiful little Perennial!  Full sun, & not TOO much water please!

D – is for Flowering Dogwood

What says Indiana more than a Flowering Dogwood in full bloom?  Well, maybe a Redbud, but that’s for later.  Of the White Flowering varieties, it’s hard to beat a Korean or more commonly called, the Kousa Dogwood.  If there’s only one best overall variety to plant in Indiana, the Kousa Dogwood is king.  ‘Milky Way’ is a beautiful, heavy flowering cultivar of the Kousa, & another great white flowering variety is the Cherokee Princess.  There are many other varieties in Red & Pink as well.  They can be a little finicky to get established, especially when you get away from the white flowering varieties, but they can & will make it in Indiana with proper care & the right conditions.  Dogwoods tend to like some shelter & are a great ‘understory’ plant (between 2 houses, anchoring the corner of a bed near a wall or foundation).  That being said, I’ve seen them thrive in the middle of wide open front yards. 

Dig a good hole (nice & wide), say a prayer, & be diligent with watering until established.  Remember the rule of thumb that a great gardening Client shared with me years ago… ‘Sleep (1st season), Creep (2nd season), & Leap (3rd season).  Come see us in May to get your Dianthus & Dogwoods at the True North Landscaping Garden Center, or call sooner to come pick something out or have us deliver & install for you.  Until next week, Cheers!

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