Common name: Pink, Carnation, Sweet william
The genus dianthus represents a number of types of plants including pinks, carnations and sweet williams. All are small plants, either perennial, biennial or annual with flat topped, pink or white flowers. Many varieties are suitable for a rock garden, others for the front of a perennial border or an annual bed. Some types are good in mixed planters.
Some types are scented and others are good as cut flowers, carnations being very popular in bouquets.
All dianthus require a well drained soil and a site in full sun. When planting perennial and rockery varieties incorporate extra grit into the soil.
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