June 29, 2013
Common name: Pinks, Firewitch
Scientific name: Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Firewitch'
Height: 6 to 8 inches
Width: 8 to 12 inches
Blooms: June, July
Where to plant: Full sun, partial sun
Water requirement: Moderate to xeric (once established)
Preparing the soil: Average; best performance occurs in well-drained soils
Hardy: Zone 4 (up to 8,000 feet)
This mounding perennial offers a winning combination of gray-blue grassy leaves with bright magenta flowers that have a spicy clove fragrance. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom and gently shear foliage after flowering to improve appearance. Grow in rock gardens and flower beds; most effective massed as a ground cover where the silvery foliage can be appreciated long after flowering. Deer resistant.
Julie McIntyre, Summerland Gardens