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Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies'

'Tiny Rubies' Dianthus

If I could grow only one Dianthus in my garden, it would certainly be 'Tiny Rubies'. It always invites both comments and caresses from garden visitors. Some of the many other cultivars described below may be every bit as engaging and worth trying in future.

PRONUNCIATION dye-ANN-thuss  SEE-zee-uss
COMMON NAME Cheddar Pink
NAMED FOR their original home at Cheddar Gorge, southwest England
DERIVATION caesius = bluish-gray, light gray, lavender
SOMETIMES CALLED Dianthus gratianopolitanus
PRONUNCIATION grah-tee-ah-noe-poe-lih-TAY-nuss
DERIVATION gratianopolitanus = of Grenoble, France
FAMILY Caryophyllaceae - Pink Family
TYPE wide-spreading, carpeting, evergreen rockery perennial
USES ground cover or walkway edger, on walls, in borders;
use clove-scented flowers fresh or dried for potpourri;
long-lasting as a cut flower
FLOWER tiny, double, flat, showy, 2 to 3 on each slender stem; spicy-scented
COLOUR rich rose-pink
FOLIAGE compact grassy mounds of pointed, narrow leaves, forming a dense mat
COLOUR gray-green, glaucous
HARDINESS Zone 3
EXPOSURE full sun
SOIL well-drained, sandy to loamy, light and chalky;
keep soil pH slightly alkaline with annual application of wood ashes
SOIL AMENDMENTS encourage good drainage by working in organic matter like mature compost
WATER sparingly
HEIGHT 4"
SPREAD 10" to 24"
BLOOM early to mid-summer; May to July
STAKING no
DEADHEAD yes, often;
there are so many blooms on this cultivar that cutting them off individually is too time-consuming;
use shears to do this chore much faster
PROBLEMS wet soil, especially in winter, will prove fatal
AFTERCARE remove faded flowers to prolong bloom;
plants may be sheared back after the main flush to encourage continued bloom;
trim back in spring to remove any winter-damaged sections
FALL CARE do not cut back in fall;
the only cutting back should be done immediately after bloom
PROPAGATION cuttings: take 1" to 4" long cuttings in summer from non-flowering tips, just below a leaf node;
remove lower leaves and root in 50-50 mix of perlite or vermiculite and coarse sand;
keep barely moist;
cuttings could also be grown in a cold frame in summer;
division: dig clump in spring, cut apart with a clean, sharp knife, replanting only the healthiest outer portions;
plant may die out in center and need dividing every 2 to 3 years to stay vigourous
SEED CULTURE sow seeds indoors in spring, 8 to 10 weeks before last spring frost date, barely covering seeds;
seeds can be sown outdoors after the last frost date
FERTILIZER in spring with high phosphorus fertilizer;
sprinkle bonemeal around plant
MULCH mulching with organic mulches would rot the crowns;
so if you must mulch, use stone chips, especially limestone
CULTIVARS 'Bath's Pink':  fringed, soft pink
'Blue Hills':  single, rose-pink
'Dottie':  single, fringed white with a crimson eye
'Flore-Pleno':  double pink
'La Bourbille':  3" single clear pink, good for rockeries
'Little Boy Blue':  in spite of the name, this flower is single and white with a pink eye
'Little Jock':  semi-double 6" pink with a red eye
'Petite':  3" dwarf with masses of bright pink flowers
'Splendens':  compact with red flowers
'Spotty':  6-8" with an unusual cerise-red flower with white spots
'Warbonnet':  10" double, deep red flowers
IMAGES BELOW Click on a plant name to find its PERFECT PLANT PARTNERS and learn more about its size, habits and preferences.

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Cheddar Pink'
Dianthus arenarius - Sand Pinks - white
Dianthus caesius 'Tiny Rubies'
Dianthus plumarius 'Ballad Blend'
Dianthus deltoides 'Zing'


COMPANION PLANTS PLANT PARTNERSHIPS FOR DIANTHUS 'TINY RUBIES'


The images below show the variety of flower colour, form and size available in various species and cultivars.

Dianthus gratianopolitanus 'Cheddar Pink' Dianthus arenarius - Sand Pinks Dianthus caesius 'Tiny Rubies' Dianthus plumarius 'Ballad Blend' Dianthus deltoides 'Zing'


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Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies'  |  Geranium  |  Geum coccineum  |  Kerria japonica  |  Knautia macedonica

Paeonia tenuifolia  |  Papaver somniferum  |  Rudbeckia  |  Salvia 'East Friesland'

Trollius  |  Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'

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