The Dianthus genus is large and varied and includes evergreen perennials and annuals. However, the most popular type are referred to as ‘pinks’. This is not because they are all pink but because the flowers have a serrated edge as if they have been trimmed with pinking shears.
Garden pinks have been grown for centuries for their April-to-September pink and white bi-coloured or single coloured blooms. Mat-forming pinks are hardy perennials that have silver, evergreen foliage. They have scented single or double flowers nearly all summer and most repeat flower if deadheaded. Pinks are ideal for cutting and are a reliable and easy-to-care-for addition to the garden.