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Entries in Dianthus gratianopolitanis St Benedict (1)

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Jan312010

Very Vivid Pink Pinks are Attractive Perennials

Copywrite image courtesy of Intrinsic Introductions.Gardeners who can never have enough of the color pink in their flowerbeds, will be pleased to learn that a new pink Dianthus, cousin of the Cheddar Pinks, will shortly reach the market. Dianthus gratianopolitanis St. Benedict is the name of the new cultivar. Its claim to fame is an over-the-top shade of pink. Up until now, most gratianopolitanis cultivars had red flowers only.

Close up image courtesy of Intrinsic IntroductionsThe grower advises that for best vigor and beauty, St Benedict needs excellent drainage and soil with a 6.6 to 7.8 pH level. Higher acidic soil will require balancing with periodic applications of lime. It is reported that the more-silvered-than-most foliage of St Benedict grows 6 inches tall and forms a clump 12 inches wide. The almost-beyond-pink blooms appear on stems 8 inches high. Flowers measure 1 inch across with 4 to 5 serrated-edge petals.

Image of Iris pallida variegata courtesy of Shoot Gardening. Click on image to visit their site.St Benedict blooms in May and June and some intermittent re blooming may occur. The plant is hardy in Zones 5 to 10 and requires full sun. Gardeners in hot climates, however, should consider planting in filtered shade. Iris pallida Variegata is another perennial that blooms at the same time as St. Benedict. Together, they create a beautiful color combination that is accompanied by the spicy scent of cloves from the Dianthus. After blooming, the variegated leaves of the Iris continue to interact with the silver-blue mat of the Dianthus foliage, to create an eye-catching composition that will continue to enhance the garden, all season long.