Dianthus 'Whatfield Magenta' (Pink)
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Dianthus 'Whatfield Magenta' (Pink)

Pink 'Whatfield Magenta'


Dianthus 'Whatfield Magenta' (Pink) is a compact evergreen perennial boasting masses of single, slightly fragrant magenta flowers adorned with a rose throat. Blooming in summer, the vibrant blossoms rise on short stems above a low cushion of grassy, blue-green leaves. The foliage remains evergreen in all but the coldest winters. Easy to grow, and perfect for adding a splash of color in the garden, this Garden Pink is an excellent addition to the sunny rock garden, alpine trough or for edging.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • Grows up to 4-6 in. tall (10-15 cm) and 8-12 in. wide (20-30 cm).
  • Prefers full sun and enjoys neutral to alkaline, well-drained soils. Prefers a soil enriched with well-rotted manure or garden compost and an application of a balanced fertilizer in spring
  • Extremely versatile, this Dianthus is ideal for rock gardens, border fronts, cottage gardens or coastal gardens.
  • Attracts bees and butterflies, but is ignored by deer and rabbits.
  • Keep an eye out for aphids, slugs, caterpillars and Fusarium wilt.
  • Deadhead to prolong flowering. Trim lightly after flowering to maintain a tight, compact mound.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings of non-flowering shoots in summer or by layering after flowering.
  • Toxic to dogs, toxic to cats, toxic to horses.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
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 Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 8" – 12" (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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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.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
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 Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 4" – 6" (10cm – 15cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 8" – 12" (20cm – 30cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging
Garden Styles Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage

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