Okay you go along to the florist, and you want a bunch of flowers. Do you want something special, do you want something that will last a long time, do you want something that’s a little bit unique!?
And, whenever you pick up a bunch of carnations, it doesn’t have the fragrance that you remember from your childhood. What’s that all about??
Well, have you ever thought of living bouquets? Dianthus Pink Kisses is exactly that. Think of it as a bouquet that has soil attached, and a neat little pot too!
These incredible plants are just about to go mainstream, they’ve even found their way next to the supermarket checkout! They are bred by Selecta Klemm in Germany, and don’t only have to perform as a pot plant, but also a good garden plant!
When you plant Pink Kisses into your borders or rockeries, they barely stop flowering, Warm or cold conditions, you have to wonder whether flowers keep coming from, there are so many!
The colours are brilliant, and each bloom goes through a kaleidoscope of pink shades as it ages. Set against gorgeous blue foliage, you can experiment with this plant in many ways. It’s quite at home in a pastel coloured border, but equally out and proud with yellows and oranges!
The fragrance is complex, we should get a wine buff to test it out, even! It’s layered, with sugar and spice and all things nice.. it’s really quite different to those sad bunches of unscented multicoloured carnations that you pick up when you fill your car with gas, I’m sure you’ll agree!
If you’d like to find out more about Pink Kisses, head to my IGTV video!
Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan.
Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media – so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook – and writes a plant-focused Substack called Grow This, Not That.