Dianthus (Alpine Pinks)
Alpine Pinks grow only 2-8" high, they form great ground cover and produce masses of flowers throughout the summer.
Although the flowers are scented they are grown more for their ground covering abilities. They are excellent for borders,
edging, rockeries and even containers. They like a sunny and free draining position and will form super compact
Flowering from May onwards, but remember to keep deadheading to promote more flowers and don't forget to feed this
helps encourage good growth and flowers.
All Dianthus like a hot, sunny, open position in well-drained soil. Light shade is tolerated, provided they get several
hours of sun light. They are drought resistant once established.
The best time to plant pinks and other varieties of perennial or biennial dianthus is early spring. They work well
particularly well in borders as the vertical ascent as they grow can be seriously eye-catching. You can grow from seeds
or cuttings started indoors. Naturally, it’s best to do this over winter.
Choose a soil with a good amount of well-rotted compost or other organic matter worked in at a depth of around twelve
inches. Add mulch but don’t let it crowd around the crowns. If the soil doesn’t drain particularly well or is a heavy clay,
consider raised beds or containers; dianthus fare particularly well in containers.
The alpine varieties of dianthus will fare well in wind or fast-draining soil. This makes them perfect for balconies, window
ledges, hanging gardens and rockeries.
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