Sprays of single pink blooms distinguish 'Melody Pink' from other annual dianthus. Bred specifically for use as a cut flower, this dianthus produces one inch flowers with a serrated petal edge giving it an old fashioned lacy look.
Because of its height, about two feet, these plants fit perfectly into the cottage garden. The long stems are desirable for fresh bouquets. 'Melody Pink' will mature at a mid-size garden height of 22-24 inches. 'Melody Pink' is quite heat and cold tolerant offering gardeners many months of abundant flowering. It is relatively disease and pest free, needing only water and fertile soil to perform all season. 'Melody Pink', unlike other dianthus, shows flower color regardless of hot summer temperatures and can be planted before summer annuals because of its tolerance of cool weather.
The sprays of pink flowers are as attractive in the garden as they are in floral arrangements. Recommended for containers, 'Melody Pink' plants are tall enough to be a focal point in pedestal planters.
'Melody Pink' is easy to grow from seed or plants. Seeds can be started indoors for earlier blooming plants.
Genus, species: Dianthus interspecific
Common name: china pink, dianthus
Flower color: pink
Form: single, fringed edge
Size: one inch
Height: 20-24 inches
Width: 8-10 inches
Foliage color: blue-green
Garden spacing: 8-10 inches
Unique qualities: length of flowering season, sprays of flowers for cutting
Length of time from sowing seed to flower: about 80 days
Closest comparisons on market: 'Pink Flash' and 'Prima Donna'
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Date last revised: 01/05/2010