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Dianthus ‘Cocktail Shirley Temple’
(Pinks (PBR) (WP15 PIE44))

£18.00 £14.40

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Easy Care
40cm x 40cm
Fully Hardy
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Selected by our horticulture team for its charming bicolour blooms and delightful fragrance, Dianthus ‘Cocktail Shirley Temple’ is a garden favourite. It thrives in borders or containers, adding a pop of colour to any garden setting. We recommend pairing it with companions like Geranium or Lavender for a lovely contrast of colours and textures. With its long flowering period and sweet fragrance, ‘Cocktail Shirley Temple’ brings joy to gardens and bouquets alike.

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Our team highly recommend Dianthus 'Cocktail Shirley Temple' to add a splash of fun and whimsy to your garden beds and borders. With its vibrant pink bicolour blooms, this plant is a refreshing colourway all Summer long. Dianthus 'Cocktail Shirley Temple' is a compact plant that is perfect for borders, rock gardens, and containers. It blooms profusely in the Spring and Summer months, adding a burst of colour to any outdoor space. And with its sweet fragrance, it's sure to attract plenty of pollinators like bees and butterflies. But don't let its playful appearance fool you - Dianthus 'Cocktail Shirley Temple' is also low-maintenance and easy to care for. It prefers full sun and well-draining soil, but can also tolerate some light shade. And with its drought tolerance, it's a great choice for gardens in areas with less rainfall. And if you're a fan of Shirley Temple, you'll love this plant's namesake. Dianthus 'Cocktail Shirley Temple' is the perfect plant for adding a little whimsy to your garden, and it's sure to make you smile every time you see it. With its vibrant blooms, easy care nature and powerful fragrance, it's the perfect plant for anyone who likes to mix a little pleasure with their gardening. Cheers to a plant that's as sweet and refreshing as its namesake cocktail!

Planting Conditions

Dianthus 'Cocktail Shirley Temple' thrives in well-drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH. Choose a planting site with full sun exposure for optimal growth and flowering. Before planting, amend the soil with organic matter to improve drainage and fertility. Dig a hole slightly larger than the plant's root ball, gently place the plant, and backfill with soil. Ensure the crown of the plant is at soil level. Water thoroughly after planting and maintain even moisture levels, especially during dry spells.

Watering & Feeding

We recommend watering Dianthus 'Cocktail Shirley Temple' regularly, allowing the soil to dry slightly between watering to prevent waterlogging. Aim for deep, thorough watering rather than frequent shallow watering. During periods of active growth, provide a balanced liquid fertiliser every 4-6 weeks to support healthy foliage and flowering. Avoid excessive fertilisation, as it may lead to leggy growth or reduced flowering. Mulching around the base of the plant helps retain soil moisture and suppresses weeds. Adjust watering and feeding based on environmental conditions and plant response for optimal growth and blooming.

General Care

Dianthus 'Cocktail Shirley Temple' benefits from regular care to maintain its health and appearance. We advise deadheading spent flowers to encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding. Remove any yellowing or dead foliage to promote air circulation and reduce the risk of disease. While generally resistant to pests and diseases, monitor for signs of aphids or fungal infections like powdery mildew, addressing any issues promptly. Prune back leggy stems and shape the plant after flowering to maintain its compact form. With proper care, this dianthus variety provides colourful blooms and a delightful fragrance to the garden.