Real World Gardener NEW Dianthusare Plant of the Week

June 12th, 2016

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

Dianthus x plumaris "Regency."

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Dianthus Regency.

A plant with low mounding grey leaves doesn’t sound too crash hot or enticing but what about perfumed flowers?

The flowerways come in singles, doubles, frilly, semi-doubles and flecked with colours mainly in the pink to red colourways and you can eat them as well.

Let’s find out what this group of plants is.

I'm talking with the plant panel :Karen Smith, editor of Hort Journal www.hortjournal.com.au  and Jeremy Critchley, The Green Gallery wholesale nursery owner. www.thegreengallery.com.au

Dianthus or Clove Pinks have been around since the 14th Century.

Flowers may be single, double, or semi-double and may be all one colour, flecked, picoteed, or laced. 

The leaves of all Dianthus members are linear to lance-shaped and are often blue-gray or gray-green with a waxy bloom. 

All Dianthus like full sun and average, well-drained, unmulched soil, because their crowns tend to rot beneath it.



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Dianthus Mojo



Propagate most perennials by cuttings, division, or layering.

Dianthus don't mind a bit of humus in the top soil layer, but don't like wet feet.

Clove pinks prefer a neutral to alkaline soil.

Dianthus or Pinks have fine root hairs that prefer to be in terracotta pots if not in the garden and because they’re quite small you can stuff in quite a few different colours and flower shapes in the many nooks and crannies in your garden.

If you have any questions about growing Dianthus regency, why not write in to realworldgardener@gmail.com

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