After I made the last post, I discovered that several of Dianthus websites have become inoperative since I created the Dianthus list in the Fall of 2010. I will review the list and flag anything which is not working. I recently purchased the book “Carnations and Pinks For Garden and Greenhouse: Their True History and Complete Cultivation”, by John Galbally with Eileen Galbally, which has a list of Dianthus sellers which I will review for any new sources. Unfortunately many small plant sellers are struggling with the current economy.
unfortunately i dont know enough to ask for a specific kind. i just remember the wonderful smelling carnations of my childhood and would like to plant some to enjoy in my old age. thank you very much for all your help, and i am going to look for the book you mentioned.
The book is available at Amazon but if you access it through the Garden Bookworm link to Amazon you will help support Dave’s Garden.
“Carnations and Pinks For Garden and Greenhouse: Their True History and Complete Cultivation”, by John Galbally with Eileen Galbally http://davesgarden.com/products/gbw/c/1000/
When I get a chance I will write a review.
I have successfully grown a number of plants, including Dianthus, that were labeled zone 8, even though I live in zone 9a. The trick for me has been to give those plants a site that gets just a little shade in the hotest part of the afternoon, and to keep a close eye on how much water they get. I may be wrong, but I think it's the heat that is the biggest killer for these zone 8 plants.
I located an English Dianthus plant and seed seller by the name of Allwoods which has the largest collection of Dianthus I have ever encountered. At me request Allwoods has been added to the GWD. They even have some Carnations I have been looking for.
Note: Unfortunately for those in North America, Allwoods only ship to locations within the UK and EU. Unless you have a friend in the UK or the EU, who is willing to drop ship on your behalf, you will be out of luck. The Dianthus list is still fantastic and should be reviewed on the chance that the same Dianthus can be obtained from other sources.