Flower of the month
With their distinctive fragrance and huge range of flower varieties, carnations are longtime favourites for ornamental gardens and flower displays. To grow them, choose a sunny spot with plenty of space around plants, good moisture and a little protection from westerly and southerly winds. Add lots of organic matter at planting then sprinkle a mixed fertiliser as they come into bud. Pinching back early-flowering stems will ensure compact, sturdy plants and better blooming. Cut back hard after flowering has finished for repeat blooms.