-Dianthus are determined little flowers! Not every variety of Dianthus are perennials but among the ones that are, they propagate in ingenious ways. Not only will they use stoloniferous rooting but some of them make seed heads with minuscule seeds that fly to the ground with the slightest disturbance. Once you find and harvest these seed heads in the Fall, this is another flower you’ll never have to buy seeds for again.
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The Cone Flower was a surprise guest this year. Unaware of planting it, I am uncertain how it appeared in my garden and it wasn’t very prolific. Seen here: early, middle and late blooming cycles with seed head. Planting seeds collected from the flowers sometimes don’t come true. Root division is the alternative method for propagation. More Info
-The Anemone in it’s Fall propagation phase. The natural release of it’s seed head into the wind is one of the ways the Anemone propagates by seed. The other is by division of it’s fibrous or tuberous roots which shouldn’t be done until Spring or Fall of it’s second season after the plant is well established. The seed head can’t be forced open any other way than allowing it to fully mature. (click-through goes more info)
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