Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens

Dianthus 'First Scent Coral Reef'

Border Carnation

Series: Scent FirstĀ®

Delightful spicy fragrance from double coral blooms edged in white. Repeat bloomer.

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The Scent First® series of Border Pinks recently arrived from England and are known for their spicy fragrance, compact habit and long season of bloom. This selection forms a low cushion of grassy, grey-blue foliage topped with double flowers featuring frilly, deep coral petals with white picotee edge. An excellent addition to the sunny rock garden, alpine trough and for edging. Attractive to butterflies. Plants should be trimmed lightly after blooming to maintain their tight, compact mound. Evergreen.

Height:

8-10 in

Spread:

12-18 in

Hardiness Zone:

5 - 8

Border Carnation Growing and Maintenance Tips

Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness.

Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage. As soon as the weather begins to warm up, remove all of this mulch to prevent crown rot.

Dianthus 'First Scent Coral Reef' Characteristics

Attributes

  • Edging
  • Container
  • Fragrant
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Mass Plant
  • Dried Flower
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Border

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant

Exposure

  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Fall
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Summer
  • Late Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Dry
  • Average