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Dianthus 'Romance' is an evergreen perennial plant with fragrant, frilled salmon pink flowers with decorative crimped edge petals. It has compact grey green foliage. It is a hardy and low maintenance plant that will provide flowers for long periods through the warmer months. The flowers also make excellent cut flowers that last well in floral arrangements. The plant is good for small gardens, patios and courtyards, as well as for mass planting as a groundcover, and for borders. It does well in containers. It has low water requirements once established, but will appreciate deep watering in extended periods of heat. It is frost hardy.
Apply a slow release fertiliser in spring, and a small amount of dolomite . Pruning of the plant is not needed for it to remain compact. Remove spent flowers to encourage repeat blooming. Dianthus are troubled by few pests and diseases. Aphids may appear on the flowers, but are easily dealt with by a spray of soapy water or a blast from the hose to dislodge them.
Flower colour: pink
Flowering season: spring summer
Dianthus Romance has wonderfully fragrant flowers
Maximum height: 0.3 metres
Minimum height: not specified
Maximum width: 0.4 metres
Minimum width: not specified
This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.
Yes. Attracts: Butterflies, bees, insects.
This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical.
Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.
Soil pH: 6.8-7.8
Root rots in overly wet conditions
Planting season: Any.
Types of fertiliser: Slow release fertiliser applied in spring.