Dianthus ‘Rose Joy’ –
Rich ruffles of colour and perfume
Dianthus ‘Rose Joy’ produces some of the largest and most flouncy of all the old fashioned “Garden Pinks”.
Ruffled blooms are of the most intense, deep rose pink.
But their richness of colour is rivalled by their intensely lovely perfume. The intoxicating scent is sweet, spicy, and rich with cloves, so you simply cannot resist drinking it in every time you pass.
A mound of lovely blue-grey leaves sets off the flower colour perfectly as well.
The neat foliage is 30cm high in flower x 30cm. wide approx.
Superb cut flowers
Dianthus ‘Rose Joy’ blooms on long, clean stems. So combine this with the lovely colour and form of the blooms, plus the superb perfume, and you have a wonderful cut flower.
Blooming begins in mid spring and continues through to mid summer.
Where to use in the garden
‘Rose Joy’ is excellent in decorative pots, where the silver foliage mound is attractive all year round. Then the superbly scented flowers are your special treats in spring and summer.
Plant ‘Rose Joy’ beside a sunny path so you can enjoy the wonderful perfume and colour as often as possible. Or make a garden edge or groundcover by grouping multiple plants. .
Dianthus are very hardy in summer drought periods, tough in frost; and bask in heat.
They thrive without buckets of water or frequent watering.
So they are definitely a water-wise choice.
Revel in sun
Select a Full Sun position, and make sure the soil is well drained. Dianthus enjoy lighter soil conditions, such as sandy, gravel or rocky soils.
If your soil is heaver then you can lighten it by the addition of some sand and gravel.
Raising the bed or planting mound with extra gravel is also a good idea.
They loathe waterlogging, so do make sure they are well drained or they will desert you quickly.
Generous bloomers on lean rations
Dianthus are perfectly suited to seaside garden, windy sites, rocky soil, gravel, sandy or poor soils, as these conditions mimic their native habitats. So 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.
A happy Dianthus is guaranteed by a dressing of lime in spring and autumn, unless you already garden on naturally alkaline, lime soils.
The only maintenance required is perhaps a light trim after flowering if you wish to tidy up.
The clove scented petals are deliciously edible and so can be used as a colourful garnish in salads, for flavoring fruit salads, and candied for sweet treats.
You can also make jams, jellies and cordials from the petals, 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.
Plus the wonderful perfume makes dried petals an essential perfume ingredient for potpourri and scented sachets.
– Height with flowers: 30cm. 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 gardens, windy sites, rocky soil, gravel, sandy or poor soils.
– Fragrance: Wonderful. Sweet and spiced with cloves.
– Frost: Very hardy even in hard frosts.
– Growth: Evergreen perennial mound.
– Beneficial for wildlife: Bees and butterflies cannot resist the flowers..
– Care: Very easy to grow, and little to no maintenance required.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: Fortunately rabbits and deer are not particularly attracted to them.
– 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.