Fruit Punch® Sweetie Pie Pinks
Dianthus 'Sweetie Pie'
Fruit Punch® Sweetie Pie Pinks flowers
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Height: 10 inches
Spacing: 12 inches
Hardiness Zone: 4a
Other Names: Border Pinks, Cheddar Pinks
Group/Class: Fruit Punch® Series
Brand: Proven Winners
Attractive, semi-double, true pink flowers with darker pink eyes, above mounds of silvery blue-green foliage; great for flower arrangements; deadhead to re-bloom; pair up with summer blooming perennials and annuals to time a continued display
Fruit Punch® Sweetie Pie Pinks has masses of beautiful fragrant pink frilly flowers with rose eyes and a crimson ring at the ends of the stems from early summer to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive narrow leaves remain bluish-green in color with hints of silver throughout the year. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Fruit Punch® Sweetie Pie Pinks is an herbaceous evergreen perennial 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.
Fruit Punch® Sweetie Pie Pinks is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Rock/Alpine Gardens
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Planting & Growing
Fruit Punch® Sweetie Pie Pinks will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.
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.
Fruit Punch® Sweetie Pie 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.