Kahori Garden Pinks
This pint-sized plant makes a big impact! Kahori® Garden Pinks is a plucky Spirit that takes up little room, but creates bigtime drama. In spring, this cute edger covers itself in vibrant, hot pink blossoms. A rebloomer, it continues to produce perky pink flowers into the summer season. “Kahori” means “fragrant” in Japanese, and you’ll want these delightful candy-scented blooms near your outdoor entertaining area to add a sweet note to your spring and summer get-togethers. Kahori® is also a treat in window boxes; the blossoms paint a pretty picture outdoors, while the intoxicating fragrance drifts in through the open window, perfuming the inside of your home.
Pinks are a group of perky Spirits found mostly in Europe and Asia. Although many of them have pink flowers, you might be surprised to learn that that’s not the reason for their name. Pinks get their name from the jagged edges of their petals—the blooms look like they’ve been cut with pinking shears! Their botanical name is Dianthus, which means “flower of the gods.” Pinks were favorites during your grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s day. Kahori® is a modern version of those old favorites with more flower power. Originally from Japan, it hit the market in 2010.
A natural with rockwork, Kahori® Garden Pinks is just the thing to top a stone wall. Its frilly pink flowers and grassy, gray-green foliage make a pleasing contrast with hardscapes. Planting Kahori® on top of a retaining wall can also bring those deliciously fragrant blooms closer to nose level!
How to Grow
Kahori® Garden Pinks is an easy Spirit to grow, provided a few basic needs are met. First, this plant loves full sun. A southern or western exposure will give it the bright light it craves. Second, it requires well-drained soil. No wet feet for this one. Kahori® Garden Pinks has low water needs once established, and it tolerates moderate periods of drought with no ill effects. Shear off the spent flowers to encourage new ones to form. The evergreen plants hold up well through all but the worst winters. If any unsightly foliage appears, remove it prior to new growth in early spring.
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