Dianthus 'Miss Farrow'
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: July to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Bred by Stephen Nelson at Darasina Nursery in Essex, the blooms of this delightful new pink have more than once been compared to champagne bubbles (the pink kind) as they sway and bob in a gentle breeze. Apt then that Ulf Nordfjell chose to include it in his 2013 Chelsea garden for Laurent-Perrier. Opening from bud a very pale pink, occasionally with a magenta flash, the flowers fade to mid-pink as they mature and have a very light scent. They are held on long, slender stems, that will usually stand up well in most weather conditions, particularly if they are not grown on rich soils. A pretty addition to the cottage garden border, it will also prove a handsome partner for ornamental grasses.
- Garden care: Incorporate well-rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and apply a balanced fertiliser in spring. Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering.