Growth Facts

Scent First® Raspberry Surprise Pinks

Dianthus 'Devon Yolande' PP16,029
Evergreen foliage is lovely, and the frilly flowers are a decadent treat.

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Scrumptious! Raspberry Surprise Pinks offers up generous servings of delectable,double pink blossoms over a long period, beginning in late spring and continuing through summer and into autumn. You’ll love these enchanting flowers with their frilly sugar-pink petals and a swirl of raspberry-red in the middle. You’ll adore their heavenly fragrance, which carries a spicy-sweet hint of cloves. Raspberry Surprise is a low grower for the front of your sunny beds and borders and alongside paths. Put it on display where it will look sharp throughout the year—the tidy, evergreen gray-green foliage means it projectsa handsome presence in and out of bloom.

Growth Facts

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. Raspberry Surpriseis a modern version of those old favorites with more flower power. Developed by British plantsman John Whetman, it was introduced to American gardeners in 2004.

The Details

A natural with rockwork, Raspberry SurprisePinks is just the thing to top a stone wall. Its frillyflowers and grassy, gray-green foliage make a pleasing contrast with hardscapes. Planting Raspberry Surpriseon top of a retaining wall willalso bring itsfragrant blooms closer to nose level!

How to Grow

Raspberry SurprisePinks 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. Raspberry SurprisePinks 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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