HOW TO STAY IN THE PINK

Take cut­tings and plant out last year’s pinks, says Ruth

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MEM­BERS of the pink fam­ily – car­na­tions, di­anthus and sweet Wil­liams – are ex­cel­lent ad­di­tions to any gar­den. Whether they are in pots or edg­ing a bor­der, they bring colour and scent from late spring through to au­tumn.

They are re­mark­ably easy-go­ing plants and are rel­a­tively sim­ple to prop­a­gate. Last year I took some di­anthus cut­tings and I want to do the same this year from one of my es­tab­lished plants.

On this page I show you how to take cut­tings and also how to plant out any you took last year (you can put newly bought plants in the ground in the same way).

The word di­anthus (which is Latin for ‘di­vine flower’) is an um­brella term for the fam­ily of pinks and car­na­tions. Pinks are short-lived peren­ni­als that often fail af­ter around three years, while car­na­tions are larger, less hardy and have less-fra­grant flow­ers.

Sweet Wil­liams are also di­anthus (Di­anthus bar­ba­tus) and they can grow to 24in (60cm) tall. Sweet Wil­liams are great plants for a wildlife gar­den as they at­tract many help­ful pol­li­na­tors.

Plant out pinks in a sunny, shel­tered site with freedrain­ing, fer­tile soil

Di­anthus are won­der­ful sum­mer flow­ers

Wa­ter well af­ter plant­ing out

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