Looking for that addition to your garden, which is colorful, heat-loving, butterfly attracting, and all- around survivor in your Coastal Bend garden? Look no further! Dianthus is the genus name for a group of flowers commonly called pinks, carnations, or Sweet William. Originating from Europe/Asia, this genus contains more than 300 species and made its first recorded appearance in 1596 in botanist John Gerard’s’ garden catalog.
Dianthus are grown as annuals, biennials, and evergreen perennials. Flowers are five-parted, fragrant with picotee margins. (The common name of “pinks” does not refer to the color but derives from their notched petal edges that look like they were trimmed with pinking shears).