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Coral Reef Pinks

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Coral Reef Pinks (Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Coral Reef’)Stunning double flowers are coral with frilly white edges, above mounds of fine blue-green foliage; great for flower arrangements; deadhead to rebloom; pair up with summer blooming perennials and annuals to time a continued flower display

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
8 inches (12 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
16 inches
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Dianthus
Cultivar:
WP07OLDRICE
Flower Color:
coral
Flower Period:
from late spring to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Border Pinks, Cheddar Pinks
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Spacing:
12 inches
Flower Form:
frilly
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Coral Reef Pinks is smothered in stunning fragrant coral-pink frilly flowers with white edges at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves remain bluish-green in color throughout the year.

Landscape Attributes

Coral Reef 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

Coral Reef Pinks will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 16 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 10 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 particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Coral Reef 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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