Dianthus

NOVA, FIREWITCH, TINY RUBIES, CHOMLEY FARRAN

Dianthus Nova

Firewitch Dianthus

Dianthus Tiny Rubies

Chomley Farran Dianthus

 

Heavenly scented and charmingly petit, these Clove Pinks add old world charm to gardens and containers. Our four varieties offer a nice selection of color and heights. From left to right above we have Clove Pink, Firewitch, Tiny Rubies and Chomley Farran.

 
Dianthus Nova

Firewitch and Nova Dianthus

Dianthus gratianopolitanus Nova sprawls its silvery gray stems and deep dark pink flowers to about a foot. Plant it at the edge of a hanging basket and it will flow over the edge providing care free color and spicy scent.

As the bouquet shows, there is quite a difference in the size and color of these two fragrant dianthus. The large pink flowers are the Nova and the smaller purple flowers are Firewitch.

Dianthus 'Nova' (Clove Pink) is one of the six plants chosen to be in our  Zone 5-11 Fragrant Herb Garden Six Pack.

Dianthus gratianopolitanus Firewitch  was the 2006 perennial of the year. Firewitch flowers profusely and flowers tend to stand tall rather than bend over. Flowers can get four to six inches tall but the foliage usually stays around two inches. The blue leaves are are unusual and make a striking ground cover.

3 kinds of Dianthus

 

Dianthus gratianopolitanus Tiny Rubies is so small Barbie would be right at home with it in her garden. It also makes a nice groundcover for us giants. The teeny pink flowers (pictured below) cover the light green tufts which spread to about eight inches or more as time goes by. It is only about two or three inches tall, depending on how much sun it gets. The sunnier the site the shorter it stays. Can even be nice in between stepping stones where traffic is light.

In the picture to the left, Tiny Rubies is in the foreground and just starting to bloom. You can see the tiny flower stems with their little unopened blooms. Behind the Tiny Rubies is Firewitch in full bloom. Behind that you can see the mauve colored blooms of the even taller Dianthus Nova.

 
Chomley Farran Dianthus

Dianthus caropyhyllus Chomley Farran has a large slightly fragrant, outrageously colored pink and lavender flower. Three inch long silvery leaves and long branches make this one of the largest and most cherished Dianthus.

Chomley Farran is included in our Edible Flower Herb Garden Six Pack.

Nova and Chomley Farran make good additions to our Small Space Herb Garden Six Pack which is a culinary garden.

Firewitch and Tiny Rubies are perfect for small space ornamental gardens or containers.

These plants are often available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant.  They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if Chomley Farran Dianthus Plug Trays are available. Check here to see if Tiny Rubies Dianthus Plug Trays are available. Check here to see if Firewitch Dianthus Plug Trays are available. Check here to see if Nova Dianthus Plug Trays are available.

Cultural Information

Height: Nova: 1 Foot
Firewitch: 6 inches
Tiny Rubies: 2 inches
Chomley Farran: 1 foot

Hardiness: Nova, Firewitch and Tiny Rubies
Perennial in Zones 3-11
Chomley Farran
Perennial in Zones 6-11

Flower Color: Shades of pink

Characteristics: Sun/Part Sun
Evergreen
 

Uses: Butterfly,
Culinary,
Fragrant (Nova only),
Ground Cover (Tiny Rubies only)
Ornamental

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