Ideal Select™ Violet Pinks
Dianthus 'Ideal Select Violet'
Ideal Select™ Violet Pinks flowers
(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)
Height: 10 inches
Spacing: 6 inches
Hardiness Zone: (annual)
Other Names: Border Pinks, Cheddar Pinks
Group/Class: Ideal Select Series
Brand: PanAmerican Seed
Spectacular frilly flowers are violet with a scarlet ring that fades as the flowers mature, above a compact mound of fine green foliage; deadhead to rebloom; pair up with summer blooming perennials and annuals to time a continued flower display
Ideal Select™ Violet Pinks is smothered in stunning fragrant violet frilly flowers with white eyes and a scarlet ring at the ends of the stems from late spring to early fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves remain green in colour throughout the year.
Ideal Select™ Violet Pinks is an herbaceous annual with a mounded form. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.
This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Ideal Select™ Violet Pinks is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Ideal Select™ Violet Pinks will grow to be about 8 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 6 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.
This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.
Ideal Select™ Violet Pinks is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.