…or for you proper-botanical-name-lovers, this is Dianthus. Others of you may recognize it as a member of the carnation family.
Our color “pink” is thought to have originated from reference to this little guy, whose spicy-scented blooms are propped up by silvery-grey-green stems. “Pinking shears” = a plausible reference to the jagged edge of the flowers.
Years ago, a client of mine had drifts of these in front of his business. I admired them so much that I added them to my own garden.
They have a spreading habit, and they benefit from occasional division.
Their foliage is a nice compliment to similarly-colored foliage (e.g. my pinks are in front of a swath of lavender) OR they can be a nice contrast against darker stems.
Pinks last a long time as a cut flower. Plant enough so you can snip some and bring some of the joy inside.
What Pinks Like:
- Nearly-full to full-sun
- Average to rich soil
- Soil that drains well
- To be divided every few years, if they start getting to be a bit scraggly
- To be put along rock borders. They think that’s cool!