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Diascia


Diascia selections

Diascia

The delicate, peachy-pink flowers of diascia are something a little different. Found with increasing frequency in garden centers, diascia is a snapdragonlike flower gaining popularity because you can plant it so early in the spring. A perennial in the southernmost regions of the U.S., it's a cool-season annual elsewhere. Plant it a few weeks before your region's last frost for early fall color, especially in containers.

In the bed or border, diascia is an airy pick that ties other plants together. It blooms in a wide range of pink shades -- from cool, bubblegum pinks to warmer tones of peach, coral, and salmon. After it blooms in spring, cut it back. It is likely to stop blooming for a while once summer heat hits. When things cool off, it will rebloom. It has average water needs, so don't over- or underwater. Fertilize lightly but regularly.

Light:
Sun,Part Sun
Zones:
8-9
Plant Type:
Annual,Perennial
Plant Height:
1 foot tall
Plant Width:
1-2 feet wide
Landscape Uses:
Containers,Beds & Borders,Groundcover
Special Features:
Flowers,Easy to Grow
Top Varieties

Diascia 'Coral Belle' has shiny foliage and coral blooms on 10-inch-tall plants.
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Flirtation Orange Diascia is an extremely floriferous variety with great heat tolerance. It practically covers itself in orange blooms and grows 1 foot tall and 2 feet wide.
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Flirtation Pink Diascia bears masses of pink flowers on a heat-tolerant plant that gets 12 inches tall and 20 inches wide.
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Diascia 'Sun Chimes Coral' bears coral-pink blooms on spreading, 12-inch-tall plants.
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Diascia 'Whisper White' bears pure-white flowers on 10-inch-tall plants.
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Plant It With
Gerbera daisy

Native to South Africa, diascia likes similar conditions and looks great against gerbera daisy's larger flowers.

Snapdragon

A snapdragon relative, diascia creates a nice textural contrast against its cousin's larger flower spikes.

Stock

Stock not only looks great, but it smells great, too. So planting it with diascia will add great texture, as well as scent.

Propagation
Seed