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Dianthus Lily the Pink


Perfect for growing in a container or pot

This Devon cottage garden pink has a long flowering season from late spring through the summer. It makes a compact mat of silver-blue leaves which are a lovely feature all year round. Its large, double pink, carnation-like flowers are beautifully scented with frilled petals.


It loves the sun and is perfect for edging a border, in a rock garden or for a container.


Easy to grow in a well-drained soil, it does especially well in chalky soils. Place some coarse grit or sand in the base of the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing. Remove faded flowers to encourage re-blooming.

Pinks enjoy chalky soil and can cope with dry conditions, but they dislike wet acidic soils.

Plant details

In depth plant information

Property Value
Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 25 cm - 35 cm
Plant width 30 cm - 40 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

Property Value
Soil type Chalk, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, Garden edging, Flower border and beds, Banks and slopes

Typically available

From April to September