Dianthus 'Mrs Sinkins'


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Hardy perennial

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Ideal in cottage gardens packed with old-fashioned plants, 'Mrs Sinkins' (named after Catherine Sinkins, who raised it and died in 1917) has attractive, ragged petals with a pale green centre. It is best grown right at the front of a border where you can fully appreciate its gorgeous sweet scent. It blends nicely with other old-fashioned, subtly-coloured pinks such as the white 'Dad's Favourite' with maroon lacing, but for stronger contrasts go for the bolder, modern, repeat-flowering, weakly-scented kind like the red and white 'Alice'. If you haven't got a flower bed in full sun with quick-draining soil, you can grow pinks in troughs or old sinks where you can guarantee the right conditions.

Family: Caryophyllaceae

Genus: Dianthus

Cultivar: Mrs Sinkins

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to take cuttings: July to August

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I am not sure how I would take cuttings from my Dianthus plants which have been absolutely gorgeous. Can anyone enlighten me please, as accordingly now is the time to do the task.


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