Dianthus ‘Damask Superb’ –
Beautifully laced old fashioned blooms.
Dianthus ‘Damask Superb’ is an old fashioned “Picotee Pink”. So it has all the charm, intense perfume, and damask colours that go with that old world style.
Velvety deep crimson flowers are banded and laced with a black ring surrounding a rose-magenta eye.
These lovely flowers are set off beautifully against a compact mound of grey-green foliage. Flower stems are 25cm, high approximately, making them perfect for picking.
The neat silver foliage carpet is approximately 40cm. wide.
Intoxicating rich perfume.
A rich, spicy clove perfume completes the heritage effect of ‘Damask Superb’. With one intoxicating sniff you are transported to a gentler age.
So a small vase of these marvellous cut flowers can scent the whole room.
Blooming begins in mid spring and continues through to mid summer.
Great for containers and pots
‘Damask Superb’ is excellent in decorative pots. Because the silver foliage mound is attractive all year round, so the superbly scented flowers become your bonus special treat.
Plant ‘Damask Superb’ beside a sunny path because of the wonderful perfume and colour. Likewise multiple plants make such a neat and pleasurable garden front edge or groundcover.
If you plant in a Full Sun position, and make sure the soil is well drained, then complete success will be yours.
Drainage can be improved by raising the bed or planting mound, and extra gravel can be mixed into heavier soils.
A happy Dianthus is guaranteed by a dressing of lime in spring and autumn, unless you already garden on naturally alkaline, lime soils.
They are very hardy in summer drought periods, and frost; and bask in heat. So Dianthus are definitely water-wise plants.
Dianthus are perfectly suited to seaside garden, windy sites, rocky soil, gravel, sandy or poor soils, as these conditions mimic their native wild habitats.
Consequently most Dianthus prefer to be treated lean and mean and not overfed. Overfeeding will only cause lush foliage and lesser flowering, whereas we desire compact, neat, very silver foliage, and abundant flowering.
Waterlogging will kill them stone dead, so do make sure they are well drained.
Clove scented petals are deliciously edible and so can be used as a garnish in salads, for flavoring fruit salads, and candied for sweet treats.
You can also use petals to make jams, jellies and cordials, in the same way rose petals are used.
For culinary purposes Dianthus petals should be pulled from the calyx and the bitter white piece at the base of the petal cut off.
Dried petals an essential perfume ingredient for potpourri and scented sachets
– Height with flowers: 25cm. approx. in flower. The silver foliage mound is lower.
– Width: Foliage mound is 40cm. diameter, and a rounded cushion shape.
– Position: Full Sun.
– Soil: Perfectly suited to seaside garden, windy sites, rocky soil, gravel, sandy or poor soils.
– Fragrance: Exceptional. Sweet and spicy.
– Frost: Very hardy even in hard frosts.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial mound.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and butterflies are drawn to the flowers like magnets.
– Care: Very easy to grow, and little to no maintenance required.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Rabbits and deer are not particularly attracted to them thank heavens.
– Origin: The name Dianthus means “flower of the gods”, from the Greek words dios for “god” and anthos for “flower”.
– Traditional usage: Poor quality beers and wine were flavoured (or disguised) by the addition of perfumed Dianthus petals in former times. Dianthus have also been used over many centuries for traditional herbal medicine in both European and Chinese cultures.