Dianthus Raspberry Sundae ('Devon Yolande') (Scent First Series) (PBR)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: rich but well-drained, alkaline to neutral soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: May to August
- Flower colour:
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Compact mounds of grey-green foliage are topped with an abundance of raspberry-eyed, soft pink flowers in summer. If deadheaded promptly a second flush of these highly scented blooms may follow on.
- Garden care: Dianthus should be trimmed back lightly after flowering to promote new basal growth. Prune more closely in spring, as new shoots emerge to maintain a tidy shape. To maintain healthy growth, it is important to make sure the plants are protected from excessive winter wet.
- Try taking cuttings in July and early August. Fill a small seed tray with coarse horticultural sand and water it well. Take the cuttings in the cool of the day, choosing non-flowering side shoots about two inches (5cm) in length. If there are flower buds, pick them off. Trim the cuttings below a node (where the leaf joint is) and remove or reduce any large leaves to lessen transpiration. Plunge them into the sand so that two-thirds of the cutting is submerged and place the tray in a cool, shady position for several weeks. Then pot up individually into compost, such as John Innes no 1. You can also leave your cuttings in situ until next spring, although they will need protection from frost.
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