|Dianthus ‘Tickled Pink’|
A large number of dianthus are scented, with a range of colours from white through pink, often with patches of dark red on the flower. These miniature carnations are low growing, and can easily be fitted into almost any garden in the front of borders, containers and rockeries.
There are many different types of dianthus from the bedding varieties which will last the one year, the alpine dianthus such as these and the carnations which need to be grown in a greenhouse to keep the flowers in perfect condition for cutting.
Dianthus needs well drained positions in full sun so dig in extra grit when planting. If you plant it in a position out of the wind, this allows the scent to build up without being blown away.
It is relatively easy to grow and does not normally suffer from pests with the possible exception of aphids which are easily treated.
Dianthus does look particularly effective in a rockery where it almost flows between rockery stones, whilst a fine surface dressing of grit helps to highlight the plant and keep the neck of the plant dry.
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