|Perfect to edge a walkway these maiden pinks (Dianthus deltoides)|
will fill the air with their spicy scent.
Photo credit; Van Meuwen
There are times when you need a little ‘something’ to fill a particular spot in the garden. Such was my dilemma last fall as I began to plant a small border around a new patio. I wanted something easy care, evergreen, low growing, drought tolerant, deer resistant and fragrant. As if they weren’t enough criteria my color palette for that garden is blue, white and silver with pink accents. Quite a tall order!
|'Firewitch' may be an old favorite but it is still deservedly|
Photo credit; Missouri Botanical Garden
The one I selected for the front of my border is probably my favorite; the bright pink flowering ‘Firewitch’ (Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Firewitch) which was awarded perennial of the year in 2006. This species is called ‘cheddar pinks’ after its discovery in the Somerset region of England. The spiky fragrance fills the air in springtime as 1” wide flowers cover the hummocky foliage like colorful pins in a pincushion. The foliage itself is finely textured in an attractive silvery – blue. This beauty not only blooms in summer but also in fall with sporadic flowers even continuing until snowfall in our garden this year!
|I love this perennial combination of Dianthus with the |
spires of veronica (Veronica spicata)and the spherical
Photo credit gapphotos.com
At the front of a border the bold foliage of Heuchera ‘Berry smoothie’ would add great depth and contrast to any white flowering rockery pinks. With its raspberry toned leaves looking delicious in either full sun or partial shade, this Heuchera is a versatile companion.