DESCRIPTION: Deliciously clove-scented, frilly velvety rose, purple, white and red flowers; optimal site is full sun with ample moisture; seeds freely but divide for truest colour. BOTANICAL NAME: Dianthus plumarius 'Spring Beauty'OTHER...
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DESCRIPTION: Deliciously clove-scented, frilly velvety rose, purple, white and red flowers; optimal site is full sun with ample moisture; seeds freely but divide for truest colour.

BOTANICAL NAME: Dianthus plumarius 'Spring Beauty'
OTHER NAMES: Grass Pink, Cottage Pink
AVERAGE MATURE HEIGHT: 15-25 cm
AVERAGE MATURE SPREAD: 40 cm
SUN EXPOSURE: Full sun
FLOWER COLOUR: Mix - Shades of pink, rose-red, salmon and white
FLOWERING TIME: Spring
FOLIAGE COLOUR: Silvery green
COLD HARDINESS: Zone 3 ( Should survive up to -39.9° Celsius )
WATER NEEDS: Average
OTHER FEATURES: Attracts Butterflies, Border, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Fragrant, Groundcover

Ornamental Features

Spring Beauty Cottage Pinks is blanketed in stunning fragrant rose frilly flowers with purple overtones and a red ring at the ends of the stems from late spring to mid summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive grassy leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the year. 

Landscape Attributes

Spring Beauty Cottage 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.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Pinks is recommended for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Spring Beauty Cottage Pinks will grow to be only 6 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.

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. It can be propagated by division.

Spring Beauty Cottage 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. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. 

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