If you enjoy the look of Carnations, but want a plant that is easier to manage and care for, you cannot look past Dianthus (Dianthus chinesis). These lovely little perennials provide masses of scented, fringed blooms in a compact form. They are hardy, drought tolerant and can manage a variety of soil conditions as well. A great all round plant to use in your garden for edging or in pots.

How to grow dianthus in a garden

  1. Fill starter pots or trays with  Yates Seed Raising Mix. As Dianthus seeds require light to germinate, press lightly into the mix and water well.
  2. Water gently and keep moist through the germination period.
  3. While the seedlings are growing, choose a spot in the garden that receives full sun and prepare the planting area well by digging in  Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  4. Allow the seedlings to grow to at least 5 cm before transplanting.
  5. When transplanting them into your prepared garden bed, ensure seedlings are well spaced – at least 15-30cm apart. Water in well.
  6. Mulch with an organic mulch, such as bark chips, sugar cane or pea straw.
  7. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with  Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.


How to grow dianthus in a pot

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide and deep. Position in full sun to part shade.
  2. Fill the chosen pots with quality potting mix, such as  Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter
  3. As Dianthus seeds require light to germinate, plant the seeds directly into the pot by pressing them lightly into the mix and water well.
  4. Water gently and keep moist through germination period.
  5. Feed every 1 to 2 weeks with  Yates Thrive Roses and Flowers Liquid Plant Food.

Yates varieties

Dianthus Blush Pink

A unique display of lightly fragrant, fringed flowers that open white, gradually changing to a strong pink.

Cottage Garden Mix

This easy-to-grow blend of brightly coloured, free flowering annuals will create a charming, old world cottage garden.

Growing tips

  • Trim lightly after each flush of flowers to encourage new growth.

  • Can be grown as an annual.

  • Great for use in cottage style gardens.

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