Dianthus Pink Kisses


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About Diana

Diana might be a familiar face - this super popular flower is an English garden classic, renowned for her pretty, ruffled flowers and delicious clove-like scent. She was also adored by the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used her as decor in their homes; in fact, her botanical name - 'dianthus' - means 'flower of love' or 'flower of the gods' in ancient Greek.

According to the Christians, though, her history stretches even further back - they believe that Diana first bloomed when Mary wept for Jesus. True or not, she clearly occupies a special place in our hearts - and with her happy little pink-ombre blooms, it's not hard to see why.

Quick facts

Botanical name: Dianthus

Nicknames: Dianthus 'Pink Kisses', Pink, Carnation, Sweet William

Plant type: Evergreen perennial/outdoor

Toxicity: Toxic to pets

Current height: 15-25cm

Nursery pot size: 12cm

Pro level: Easy

Please note the above image shows 10 Dianthus plants in a 45cm trough, each is sold individually.

How to Care for Diana (Carnation)

The basics:

Diana needs well-drained, alkaline or neutral soil to thrive.

She'll be happiest if she gets around 4-5 hours of sunlight a day, so make sure she's in a well-lit spot.

No need to mulch Diana - she needs good air circulation to her soil.

Going the extra mile:

If one of her flowers look sickly, give them a little snip with a pair of sanitised secateurs or scissors. Make sure you cut just above one of the leaf nodes to encourage new growth.