Saturday, 13 May 2017

New Dianthus


Dianthus ferrugineus
Dianthus ferrugineus
Shocking cherry red flowers appear in tight heads on tall stems above fine grey tussocks of grey leaves in early summer.
Dianthus ferrugineus

For dry soils in sun.
3in pots ~ £5



Dianthus pinifolius
Dianthus pinifolius
A very rare and classy species, producing tight tussocks of pine-needle-like foliage (hence the name). In summer, dense heads of dark ruby red flowers with violet anthers are produced on wiry stems, high above the foliage. For an open site in sun. Seems to need especially sharp drainage and should fare especially well on chalk.
3in pots ~ £5



Dianthus superbus
Dianthus superbus
Much more informal and grassy than most pinks but with exquisite and quite large pale filigree flowers on tall stems in late spring/early summer. The ragged and finely marked flowers are worth looking at closely and are heavily fragrant.
Dianthus superbus
A superb and rarely seen ‘old fashioned’ cottage garden pink - not at all garish or artificial looking.
3in pots ~ £5



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