Dianthus 'Devon Wizard' (PBR)
- Position: full sun
- Soil: well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to September
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Grey-green foliage forms a spreading mound, which is topped with magenta-pink double flowers. Their heady scented and vibrant colouring makes them invaluable additions to the front of a sunny border, windowbox or patio pot. The flowers are extremely long lived when cut and added to fresh arrangements, or they can be used to make a posie, which will make a great little gift.
- Garden care: Incorporate lots of well-rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole. Apply a balanced fertiliser in spring and deadhead to prolong flowering.
- If you would like to increase your stock, you can 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.