A wonderful cottage style flower, the Dianthus comes in many different shades and shapes (over 300 in fact.) Some of the most popular dianthus available have pink, red or white flowers together and offer a wonderful colour addition to any garden. A low maintenance flower the Dianthus, which is sometimes better known by it’s varieties Coronations, Sweet Williams and Pinks, is also a lovely cut flower.
Where to plant
The Dianthus likes as much sun as possible, and tends to be best planted away from any shaded spot in your garden. They prefer drier soils, something which needs to be remembered constantly, particularly in winter.
How to plant
Place your Dianthus plants 6-12 inches apart (depending on their size). Dig your garden bed so that you loosen about 12 inches of soil and mix in 3 inches of compost. Dig a hole for the dianthus that is twice the diameter of the plant’s container. Place the dianthus in the newly dug space, and cover its roots in soil, making sure the leaves don’t get covered in earth, put firmly and water.
Keep your Dianthus looking at its best by applying a thin layer of compost to it in springtime and continue to encourage blooming by using an all purpose liquid fertiliser from your local GroMór centre every 2 months.
Our recommended Dianthus
- Dianthus ‘Pretty Flamingo’
- Dianthus ‘Rebekah’
- Dianthus ‘Romance’
- Dianthus ‘Sugar Plum’