Best Australian natives for pots & small gardens. The trend towards smaller gardens has inspired the plant lovers in the nursery industry to respond with an ever-increasing range of Australian plants that will delight those who want to attract birds and butterflies and bring a little bit of the bush onto their balconies. From banksias to bottlebrush there are plants that will add colour and texture to provide year round interest.
Growing kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos) in your garden. Learn how to grow kangaroo paws (Anigozanthos) in your garden. Article written by native gardening expert Angus Stewart.
Find a plant for your garden or home. Search for plants and flowers visually, by name, flower colour and other attributes. Search for native plants, edible plants and popular exotics such as roses and petunias.
Images from Plants Management Australia
Dianthus 'Sugar Plum' has pretty, perfumed double bicoloured red flowers with decorative lighter pink crimped edges, and compact grey green foliage. It is a hardy evergreen perennial with a tufted compact growth habit. It is a 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 and red
Flowering season: spring summer
The flowers have a delightful spicy fragrance
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 rot if conditions are too wet
Planting season: All.
Types of fertiliser: Slow release fertiliser applied in spring.