Dianthus plumarius fl pl nanus ‘Pink Tones’
DWARF PINK PICOTEES
If you would like the dear old, intensely perfumed, dwarf Pink Picotee you remember from Grandma’s garden – then Dianthus plumarius fl pl nanus ‘Pink Tones’ is your one – but with more blooms.
Grandma’s old dwarf pink double Picotee
The blooms of are charmingly old fashioned, frilly, fringed, ruffled up doubles; and intensely fragrant.
But tidily borne on a dwarf, very compact and neat tuffette of blue-grey-green foliage.
So the plants look like blooming cushions.
Though they look so old fashioned – this seed strain has been recently developed for enhanced quantity and duration of blooming.
Flower colours range from a romantic pale pink to rose pink, many with contrasting eyes, laces and bands of deeper crimson.
But however coloured, each flower is intensely and exquisitely perfumed with that bewitching old Picotte clove scent.
Cut a posy of scent
Although on a dwarf plant, the flower stems are just long enough to pick for small vases.
But what they lack in stem length the blooms make up for in scent – they pack a power of perfume.
So you can cut bunches of the fringed flowers to fill a small vase and scent the whole room.
Robust, tough & easy grower
Dianthus plumarius fl pl nanus ‘Pink Tones’ is a robust, tough, and very easy to grow plant.
And is almost maintenance free when planted in a suitable site or in a pot.
Wonderful groundcover or edge
Fine foliage makes an attractive, evergreen cushion shape which looks very pretty, like a mound of blue-green moss, when it is not in flower.
So plant dwarf ‘Pink Tones’ near an edge, or in a pot, where you can really enjoy the lovely flowers and delicious scent.
They make a wonderful tight groundcover or edge when several are grouped together.
Stars as decorative pots or on a balcony
And they star as a decorative container plant, including on a balcony.
Where they are tough enough to stand up to wind and torrid conditions.
Water-wise & thrives in heat, dry & wind
So plant Dianthus plumarius fl pl nanus ‘Pink Tones’ in Full Sun.
Where this tough little survivor will thrive in heat, dry, and wind.
They prefer to dry out between drinks, and will sulk and certainly leave home permanently in wet positions.
Drought tolerant & frost hardy
Plants are water-wise and drought tolerant once established, and frost hardy.
They can withstand temperatures down to below -25C.
Perfect for banks & seaside
Delightful ‘Pink Tones’ loves sandy soil, gravel and rocky sites.
So it is perfectly suited to seaside gardens, where it can tolerate some exposure to salt.
Or for planting as a prolific blooming and soil binding groundcover in banks.
They love lime.
Dianthus plumarius fl pl nanus ‘Pink Tones’ is a hardy, evergreen, long lived perennial clump.
25cm High in superbly scented flower x 30cm. approx. Wide cushion of grey-green foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids
Seeds of Dianthus plumarius fl pl nanus ‘Pink Tones’ can be sown at any time indoors / or scattered directly in the garden in winter or early spring.
Sow Indoors for early plants: First sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Now gently pat the seeds to the surface to ensure good contact.
Then barely sprinkle with mix or fine sandy grit.
Because these seeds need light to germinate and should not be buried or deeply covered.
Continue to keep moist in a well lit position (but not in any direct sun).
Temperatures of 16-20°C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
But these seeds are quick, easy and reliable to germinate.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 14-21 days.
Scatter seeds directly in the garden:
Scatter in full sun in neutral to alkaline soil that drains well.
Dianthus do not tolerate wet soil well, particularly in winter – so don’t plant them where water collects.
Seed Count: 6 seeds per pack approx. (Seeds for this lovely variety are scarce).
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