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Dianthus 'Cocktail Shirley Temple'

The sweetest shades of pink all summer long

The Highlights

    • Frilled taffy-pink petals with a magenta middle
    • Compact growth with dark green foliage
    • Radiates a warm, spicy fragrance for your garden
    • Perfect plant for the front of borders and beds
    • Flowers from June to October
    • A beautiful addition to cottage garden borders
    • An excellent feature for cut-flower displays
    • Buy an almost fully-mature plant ready to bloom!

Dianthus 'Cocktail Shirley Temple'

The sweetest shades of pink all summer long
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The Highlights

    • Frilled taffy-pink petals with a magenta middle
    • Compact growth with dark green foliage
    • Radiates a warm, spicy fragrance for your garden
    • Perfect plant for the front of borders and beds
    • Flowers from June to October
    • A beautiful addition to cottage garden borders
    • An excellent feature for cut-flower displays
    • Buy an almost fully-mature plant ready to bloom!

Know Your Plant

Supplied as:

7 Litre Pot

Height on arrival:

Depending on the time of year, when your plant arrives it should be up to 10cm tall

Eventual height:

10cm

Eventual spread:

60cm

Time to first crop:

Flower colour:

Snow White, Lime Green

Habit:

Trailing

Hardiness:

Fully Hardy
Will endure even the harshest of British winters.

Rootstock:

Spacing:

30cm

Care Guide

Good Pest and Disease Resistance

Dianthus is generally trouble free but can have issues with Slugs and Snails as well as Aphids. For Slugs and Snails, it is important to keep the area around the plant debris free and as dry as possible, especially at night as slugs and snails love damp conditions. You can use barriers such as egg shells or copper wire to surround the plant to prevent slugs and snails reaching the leaves. It is also a good idea to spray your plant with water which has boiled some garlic in it for around 2 hours. For more serious slug and snail control you can also use specific nematodes that will find the pests and cause them to die. To combat Aphids you can pick away the bugs with your hands and also wash the infested areas down with soapy water.

Water Often in Summer

Dianthus thrive in moist soil so make sure you water often so that the soil does not dry out. During hot and dry spells this could require watering every couple of days.

Full Sun/Partial Shade

Will prefer full sun but can cope partial shade–somewhere where it will receive at least 4-6 hours of sun every day.

Fertile, Well-Drained Soil

You will want to mix in plenty of organic matter such as garden compost into the soil before planting and more every spring. If your soil is particularly clay-heavy and easily becomes waterlogged, add some perlite into the soil to improve drainage.

Not Required

Don't worry, this isn't a hungry plant so your food bills won't be going up! https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0513/3428/3424/files/pruning_3x_4d3eaf73-f629-45e0-87a5-6f14f5f005fc.png

For more care tips and ideas visit our Knowledge page

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