Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring through Summer
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Scent First® Coral Reef Pinks

Dianthus x hybrida 'WP07OLDRICE' PP19,660
Ruffled coral-rose flowers and an intoxicating scent make Coral Reef a delight.
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Coral Reef Pinks is a small Spirit that will make a big splash in your landscape. Beginning in late spring, a tidal wave of blooms will wash over your beds and borders. Rich coral-pink blossoms with a dainty white picotee edge appear in great profusion over neat, sea-green foliage. The ruffled, semi-double blooms will look so pretty at the edge of your entryway garden, atop a retaining wall, or nestled among boulders in a rock garden. Coral Reef Pinks also graces sunny spaces with a divine fragrance. The frilly flowers give off a sweet, spicy scent that smells like cloves.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring through Summer
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The Story

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. Coral Reef is a modern version of those old favorites with more flower power. Developed by British plantsman John Whetman, it was introduced to American gardeners in 2008.

The Details

Although Coral Reef Pinks excels as a landscape plant, you may like it even more in a container. This spunky Spirit performs marvelously in a pot. Try it, too, in a window box, where its cheerful flowers will bring color to your front garden and a delightful fragrance inside your home when you open the windows.

How to Grow

Coral Reef 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. Coral Reef 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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Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 8-10"
Avg Mature Width 8-10"
Flower Color Deep Coral with White
Foliage Color Blue Green
Bloom Time Late Spring through Summer
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover Yes
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use Yes

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