Dianthus plumarius fl.pl
DOUBLE WHITE COTTAGE PINK
The old fashioned Double White Cottage Pink, or Dianthus plumarius fl.pl., is utterly charming.
And even though it has been a favourite for centuries, it still has not been bettered for grace, charm and hardiness.
(And don’t worry – they are all called pinks even when they are white, or any other colour for that matter).
Each flower is intensely and exquisitely perfumed.
With that old world, herby, spicy, sweet fragrance.
Lovely foliage tuffett
Dianthus plumarius fl.pl. makes a tight, low, neat cushion of foliage, in silver-grey.
It is evergreen (or in this case ever silver-grey).
So the foliage clump is always a colour contrast in the garden, even when it is not in bloom.
Making it ideal for near an edge, or in a pot, where you can really enjoy the lovely flowers and delicious scent.
It makes a wonderful groundcover or edge when several plants are grouped together.
And excellent cut flowers
Bunches of the double blooms are borne on long stems, so they can be easily cut to fill a vase with colour and the room with perfume.
Robust, tough & easy grower
Dianthus plumarius fl.pl. is a robust, tough, and very easy to grow plant.
And she is almost maintenance free when planted in a suitable site.
Water-wise & thrives in heat, dry & wind
So plant Dianthus Dianthus plumarius fl.pl. in Full Sun, where this tough little survivor will thrive in heat, dry, and wind.
She is water-wise and drought tolerant once established, and very frost hardy.
This delightful Double White Cottage Pink loves sandy soil, gravel and rocky sites.
So it is perfectly suited to seaside gardens or life in a pot.
Then you can move it around to have the perfume always near.
50cm. High in flower x 45cm. approx Wide cushion of grey-silver foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners & gardening with kids
Dianthus seeds can be sown at any time indoors / or scattered directly in the garden in winter or early spring.
INDOORS: Sow the seeds in a punnet on the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Now gently pat the seeds to the surface to ensure good contact.
Then barely cover with mix or fine sandy grit.
Because these seeds need light to germinate.
Keep moist in a well lit position (but not in direct sun).
Temperatures of 16-20°C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
You can use a heat mat if you have one, but it is not essential.
Because these seeds are quick, easy and reliable. So a warm, well lit position (NOT in direct sunlight) is perfect.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 14-21 days.
Scatter seeds directly in the garden:
Scatter in full sun in neutral to alkaline soil that drains well.
Dianthus do not tolerate wet soil well, particularly in winter – so don’t plant them where water collects.
SEED COUNT: 70 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).