Dianthus are beautiful flowers that are perfect for almost any gardening situation due to their numerous types to choose from. Most have a fragrant, spicy scent. Some of the more common names for these flowers include carnations, pinks, and sweet williams. While all fall under the same category, each have their own unique traits.
Dianthus are mostly herbaceous perennials, a few are annual or biennial, and some are low subshrubs with woody basal stems. The leaves are opposite, simple, mostly linear and often strongly glaucous grey-green to blue-green. The flowers have five petals, typically with a frilled or pinked margin, and are (in almost all species) pale to dark pink. One species, D. knappii, has yellow flowers with a purple center. Some species, particularly the perennial pinks, are noted for their strong spicy fragrance.
Take some time to get to know these amazingly cute flowers and you will fall in love with their bright colors and cheerful personality.