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Dianthus ‘First Love’ (Cheddar Pink)

Cheddar Pink 'First Love'

Dianthus First Love, Cheddar Pink First Love, Clove Pink First Love, Pink Dianthus, Pink Flowers
Dianthus First Love, Cheddar Pink First Love, Clove Pink First Love, Pink Dianthus, Pink Flowers

Prized for the changing colors of its blossoms, Dianthus ‘First Love’ (Cheddar Pink) is a compact perennial forming a low mound of narrow, silvery blue-green foliage. Blooming from late spring to frost, the plant produces an abundance of white flowers, changing to pink before maturing to lavender-pink. Sweetly fragrant, the flowers attract bees and butterflies. Handsome throughout the seasons, the foliage remains evergreen in all but the coldest winters. Easy to grow, and perfect for adding a splash of color in the garden, Cheddar Pink is well-suited to the cottage garden or the edge of a border.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Light shade is appreciated in extremely hot climates. Mulch with pea stone or gravel to keep foliage clean and dry.
  • Extremely versatile, this Cheddar Pink is ideal for rock gardens, border fronts, containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for aphids, slugs, caterpillars or fusarium wilt. Deer resistant.
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering. After flowering in late spring, the spent flowers should be cut back. This will encourage sporadic repeat bloom later in the season.
  • Propagate by terminal cuttings taken and rooted in early summer. Divide every few years in early spring or when the centers start to die out.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Caryophyllaceae
Genus Dianthus
Common names Gillyflower, Dianthus Flower, Pink
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Heat Zones 1 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Caryophyllaceae
Genus Dianthus
Common names Gillyflower, Dianthus Flower, Pink
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, City and Courtyard
How Many Plants
Do I Need?
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