Recommended Varieties of Carnation

The number of outdoor varieties of border carnation is very large, and a short list therefore depends to a great extent upon personal preference.

When making a choice from specialist catalogues, remember that:

1. Some varieties do well only if they are grown under glass, and if outdoor varieties are required, this should be specified;

2. Blooms of scented varieties are usually of less perfect form than unscented varieties;

3. Yellow or apricot varieties are never scented;

4. The relative merit of varieties differs from district to district.

The following is a good general selection, all between 2 and 3 ft. tall:

WHITE AND WHITE GROUND

Madonna, white.

Snow Clove, white, scented.

Alice Forbes Improved, white heavily marked with rose.

Merlin Clove, white edged and marked with purple, scented.

Robin Thain, white, edged and marked with rosy-red, scented.

Picotce Fascination, ivory-white, thin purple edge.

YELLOW, YELLOW GROUND AND APRICOT

King Cup, sulphur-yellow.

Sunstar, yellow marked with bright scarlet.

Catherine Glover, yellow marked with scarlet.

Santa Claus, yellow picotee, purple edge.

Consul, flame-apricot.

CRIMSON

Crimson Model.

Oakfield Clove, dark, scented.

Perfect Clove, glowing, scented.

SCARLET

Royal Mail. Fiery Cross.

Scarlet Fragrance, scented.

PINK

Pink Model, salmon-pink.

Frances Sellars, rose-rink.

Pink Pearl, pink with apricot tone.

Salmon Clove, salmon-pink, scented.

PURPLE AND LAVENDER

Leslie Rennison, pale purple overlaid with rose, scented.

Lavender Clove, full-centred, lavender-grey, scented.

BIZARRES AND FLAKES

Apricot Bizarre, apricot marked with carmine and rose.

Cherry Flake, cerise marked with maroon.

Scarlet Flake, orange-scarlet marked with chestnut.

16. February 2012 by Dave Pinkney
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