- D. ‘Bat’s Double Red’: a good choice because its flowers last well into autumn.
- D. ‘Bovey Belle’: the bright pink flowers are held up by long stems. Makes a vigorous show with a decent scent. Has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Young plants need watering during prolonged dry spells until they’re well established, especially if kept within a greenhouse. After a few years, all pinks begin to look straggly and should be given a severe prune after flowering.
Encourage new growth by applying a handful of general fertiliser around the plant and a mulch of gritty compost.