Dianthuses Love Beacon Hill’s Sun and Heat

Dianthuses frame Snap Dragon in Beacon Hill Garden

Dianthuses frame Snap Dragon in Beacon Hill Garden

The gardens are just five miles apart, yet growing conditions are nearly opposite.

No flower shows the difference more than Dianthus.  In the spring of 2012, I planted one value pack of Dianthuses in each garden – one in Beacon Hill and the other in West Seattle.

In their second year, the Beacon Hill Dianthuses flourish in a sunny, hot and dryer garden. They’re gorgeous mounds of blooming bright color – a total score at 99-cent for four.

In West Seattle, the best I can say they are green. The Dianthuses may bloom a little, but the lack of sun and abundance of moisture hamper growth. I might move them to Beacon Hill before summer is finished.

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