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.