Uniform plants with dense branching and plenty of fully double flowers on upright stems, Dianthus ‘Pink Kisses’ was bred for pots, but don’t let that stop you from using it in the garden too, this Dianthus can do it all!
The petals are soft pink with a deeper, magenta pink kiss in the centre. They have a soft, spicy fragrance and last well in a vase. They are even self cleaning.
Dianthus are renowned for their extensive flowering season, ease of care and durability. Plant in beds, along pathways, underneath roses, in pots or rockeries. The mounding foliage forms tidy, dense clumps which are inundated with blooms.
Grow in moderately fertile to humus rich, well drained soil. Plant in full sun, in warmer climates it is a good idea to protect them from hot afternoon sun. Water in well, then once established they are dry tolerant.
Treat as an annual, or short lived perennial. A light prune after flowering will promote healthy growth and perennial propensities. Add plenty of fertiliser during the flowering season for best blooms. Cut back to half in autumn, after the flowering has finished.
The botanical name Dianthus is from the Greek; Dios for god and anthos for flower, God’s Flower, and they were dedicated to Aphrodite.
Early spring to summer
Cool to Sub-Tropical
Full Sun to Semi Shade