- Thrives in full sun
- Grows up to 18 inches tall
- Composted soil
These lovely plants are guaranteed to brighten your summer garden and they cope really well with heat and rain. Dianthus come in a range of colours, and are perfect for pots, along your pathways and in the front of your borders.
How to grow:
Best to plant during spring or autumn in a garden bed prepared by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of about 12 inches, then mix in a layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the plant's container. Carefully remove the plant from the pot and place it in the dug up hole, so that the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.
How to Care:
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, along with a layer of mulch to retain moisture and help control any weeds. Water the plants during the summer if there is little rainfall. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above the soil line.
Propagation: Divide plants every three to four years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.