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…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!