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Cheddar Pinks

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A low growing, mounded selection that features beautifully fragrant, frilly pink flowers that rise above grey-green foliage; an easy to grow variety, perfect for rock gardens, borders or in containers; remove spent flowers to encourage new blooms

Characteristics

Species:
gratianopolitanus
Other Species Names:
Clove Pinks
Average Landscape Height:
8 inches (12 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Genus:
Dianthus
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
12 inches
Flower Color:
pink
Flower Form:
frilly
Flower Fragrance:
high
Flower Period:
from late spring to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
high

Ornamental Features

Cheddar Pinks has masses of beautiful fragrant pink frilly flowers at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive grassy leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Cheddar Pinks is an herbaceous evergreen perennial with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Cheddar Pinks will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Cheddar Pinks is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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