Dianthus ‘Early Bird Radiance’ has rich crimson blooms supported on sturdy, upright stems. The Early Bird series are early, long-flowering and fragrant. Masses of double blooms are borne above the dense, mounding, grassy blue-green foliage with a flowering height of approximately 9 inches. Spring or autumn planted baskets or containers will repeat flower all summer if dead headed and fed regularly. No vernalization required for blooming and they are hardy to USDA Zone 5 (-20°F or -28°C).
Plants thrive best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils in full sun or part shade. Early Bird dianthus can be used as border plants, in containers or as cut flowers. With a clove fragrance, this selection attracts butterflies and has the added bonus of being deer resistant.