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Herbaceous Perennial

Dianthus 'Mrs Sinkins' (p)

pink 'Mrs Sinkins'

'Mrs Sinkins' is an old-fashioned pink with a strong, rich, clove scent. The flowers are pure white, double, with fringed petals but often look untidy as the calyx usually splits

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Size
Ultimate height
0.1–0.5 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Grey Silver
Summer White Grey Silver
Autumn Grey Silver
Winter Grey Silver
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

East–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Caryophyllaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Dianthus can be annuals, evergreen perennials or subshrubs with narrow, often greyish leaves and showy flowers that are frequently fragrant

Name status

Accepted

Horticultural Group
Pinks are hardy, evergreen perennials which make compact mounds or mats of usually greyish leaves, with up to six, usually fragrant, single or double, medium-sized flowers per stem in early and mid-summer

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in a well-drained, neutral to alkaline soil in full sun. Prefers a soil enriched with well-rotted manure or garden compost and an application of a balanced fertiliser in spring

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings of non-flowering shoots in summer or by layering after flowering

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Gravel garden
  • Patio and container plants
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Banks and slopes
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Garden edging
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

Deadhead regularly to prolong flowering

Pests

Slugs and aphids may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to a rust, a virus and wilt

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