help!! old fashioned 'proper' carnations needed

I have my favourite corner of my garden where I sit and think!!  I have planted sweet William and dianthus in it and it smells beautiful. Over the top is a triangle arbour covered with the most beautifully scented clematis(flowering now).

last year I bought some carnation plug plants that were sold as large headed red carnatios scented but when they grew I was very disappointed to find that they were the same dianthus that I have already. I have searched the garden centres but they say they are no longer 'fashionable'.

does any of the rnembers have a carnation that I could possible have cuttings off that is the old fashioned type of plant. a sturdy tall stemmed with large scented heads.. this would make my little corner complete.

thank you


  • Have a look at D T Brown's seed...............Carnation Chabaud Select mixture.....they may fit the bill.  If you sow seeds now, they should flower this year and if you like them, you can then take your own cuttings. 

    I managed at least 6 colour variations and all were scented.

    There are a number of specialist growers too and they should be able to supply you with specific varieties.

  • daydaisydaydaisy Posts: 364

    I have read somewhere that you can take cuttings from bought carnations and I am currentlly trying this out. if it works it would be great because you can choose your own colours and know what the plant will look is certainly worth a try.

  • I have several plants growing that have come from the off shoots you get on some shop bought carnations, but all mine are from the spray type. i.e. one stem with lots of flowers on, not the single big flowered type. I always thought the big headed ones were greenhouse grown, so not available to grow in our gardens. But I could be wrong.

  • wow, thank you so much for your comments. i'll try them all out. especially the cuttings from shop bought stems.

    and i'll also buy the seeds phillipa smith 2 suggested.

    you've all been very helpful.....thanks again. i'll let you know how successful I am with it and I look forward to relaxing in my favourite corner again.

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,037

    Barbara, Have you tried the old dianthus Mrs Sinkins? It beats all for scentimage

  • I will look online for Mrs Simkins nutcutlet. thanks for this.

    I can see i'll have more than enough carnations soon. i'll post some pictures of my garden when its all in flower.

    thanks again

  • Can I plant out some carnations I have just bought now 

  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 420

    They may need hardening off first.   

  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 1,297

    What type of Carnations are they? Some are not fully hardy to grow out in the UK. If you have very small plug plants, it's best to wait till next year in spring time. Keep them in a greenhouse or cold frame. But if you have very free draining soil and your plants are larger than plug size, you could plant them out now.

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