Dianthus: A Cottage Garden Flower

July 02, 2013
As a fan of an informal cottage garden, "Pinks" or Dianthus are a perfect choice for me.  

The foliage is narrow, usually somewhat grasslike, and the blooms are pretty erect to slightly trailing to sort of willy-nilly.  All blossoms have the distinctive jagged edge. Pinks are either annual, biennial, or perennial.  All are pretty hardy, and able to survive a Minnesota Zone 3 winter.

I have already shown you in a previous post my perennial cheddar pinks to the right of my creeping baby's breath.  The cheddar pink has bright pink blossoms against silver gray foliage.  A very showy combination.  One tiny blossom of a zing rose dianthus deltoides is visible.  Do you see it?

Since that photo earlier last week, all of these zing rose dianthus blossoms have opened up.

This is an annual dianthus that survived the winter. (That happens sometimes.)  It has narrow leaves and is literally covered in hot pink blossoms.

The annual dianthus originally came in an annual six pack for probably $1.59 at Kmart. The habit is more erect on the annual dianthus.

I can't remember the "given" name of this perennial red-eyed pink.

The deep rose dianthus in this photo is similar to the zing rose, both sprawl on grassy foliage.

Here growing under a chair with more creeping baby's breath are perennial maiden pinks.  Very dainty and wispy pink blossoms and quite willy-nilly.

I don't have any of my own Sweet William anymore.  It is a very showy biennial with clusters of blooms.  

I borrowed this Sweet William photo from Dave's Garden.

Are you a dianthus fan?

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  1. Your pinks are thriving. I have lost several of mine because we had maybe twenty inches of rain in June. They were eaten by slugs. I used the beer trick but was too late.

  2. I am a fan of dianthus but didn't get any this spring. Thanks for sharing yours!

  3. Beautiful!! I want you to come to my house and help me...I'm not so good with plants :(

  4. Bonjour,

    Un très joli billet fleuri...
    Les oeillets de poètes, comme les nommait mon grand-père, fleurissaient partout dans son jardin.
    Belles photos.

    Gros bisous à vous et pardonnez-moi si ces temps-ci je ne suis pas très présente ! Le bébé dalmatien + les expositions annuelles à préparer ce n'est pas toujours très facile à gérer !

  5. Good Afternoon Carlene, I love Pinks, they grow so well in my garden as well and the perfume is just gorgeous.
    We call the little white plant Love in the Mist and it is popping up in all our gardens at the moment. It is such a pretty little flower.
    Have a lovely 4th July holiday.
    Best Wishes to you,

  6. I'm jinxed by dianthus. Have tried a few different ones over the years and I always kill them. That hot pink one is amazing though. May have to give that one a try.

  7. I love the color combination of the white, pink, and blue in the background. Almost patriotic!

  8. I'm so glad you posted this. My Grandmother had dianthus but I didn't know what the name of it was. She also had the Sweet William--I remembered that one. You don't see it around much anymore.

  9. So pretty, Carlene. You definitely have a green thumb. I love that you have flowers growing under a chair in your garden. laurie


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