perennial | fragrance | sun | toxic to pets | flowering | evergreen | English country garden
Comes in a 9cm diameter pot
Originally, dianthus were brought to Britain in the 11th century by Norman monks, with the number of varieties expanding ever since then. The carnation and Sweet William are also types of dianthus. The name of this genus is derived from a combination of the Greek words dios (god) and anthos (flower), or “flower of the gods.”
Why we love it The 'pink' produces masses of flowers and is good in a bouquet. Dianthus has a pleasant, spicy cinnamon fragrance, is easy to grow, and work well as part of the summer border or as potted plants. Cut flowers are long-lasting and are great as buttonholes.
Where's it from? Europe and Asia, with a few species extending south to north Africa.
Planting location The plants need fertile, well-drained soil that is alkaline. Plant in rockeries, window boxes, or at the front of borders.
Light requirements Plant dianthus in full sun, partial shade or anywhere they will receive at least six hours of sun a day in summer.
Watering Water new plants weekly. Afterwards, they dislike dampness and will tolerate dry summers
Toxic to pets Yes.
Distance from other plants Plant with 12 to 18 inches (30-45 cm.) between the plants.
Annual or perennial? Many forms are herbaceous perennials and will bounce back each season.
Great planting idea In the cottage garden, as a border in the kitchen garden, or in pots.
Common pests and how to combat them Rabbits like nibbling them, which is not generally an issue in the urban garden but you may need a rabbit-proof fence if you live in the country.
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