In October nights draw in, the sun weakens and the garden takes on Autumn colours. It's a perfect time to tidy up, execute any re-planning or planting before…
They are fully to half hardy, and will need an open sunny position with well drained slightly alkaline soil. The tall species of carnations and pinks have a loose habit and will need staking. Dead-heading of repeat-flowering types is beneficial.
Propagate perennials by layering or from cuttings in summer; annuals and biennials from seed in autumn or early spring.
Pests, diseases or disorders
Watch for aphids, thrips and caterpillars, rust and virus infections.