Dianthus Tiny Rubies Cheddar Pinks

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Tiny Rubies'

Dianthus Tiny Rubies Cheddar Pinks
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Double, brilliant pink, upward-facing blooms which exude the scent of cloves appear in masses above dense, globe-shaped mounds of deep green, evergreen foliage. Each of the 5 petals have serrated edges, looking as if they have been trimmed with pinking shears, hence the common name 'Pinks'. If deadheaded, this species will flower heaviest in early summer and again in fall.

Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness. Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage.

Flower Color

Rose-pink

Foliage Color

Deep green

Plant Spread

12-18 in.

Plant Height

4-5 in.

Hardness Zone

3-9

Good Companions

Coral Bells (Heuchera ), Geranium-Hardy (Geranium ), Hen & Chicks (Sempervivum ), Lamb's Ear (Stachys byzantina), Speedwell-Austrian (Veronica austriaca), Stonecrop (Sedum ), Violet (Viola )

Characteristics & Attributes

Attributes

Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Cut flower or foliage
Fragrant flower or foliage
Border
Edging
Dried Flower
Mass Plant
Container
Evergreen

Bloom Time

Early summer/Fall

Critter Resistance

Deer resistant

Exposure

Full sun to part shade

Growth Rate

Medium

Seasonal Interests

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