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Dianthus (Pinks)

The difference between carnations and pinks often causes much discussion. Years ago it was determined on the basis that carnations flowered for longer under glass, but could not be overwintered outside. Pinks, on the other hand, given good drainage, were tougher, but only flowered once, during the summer months. Another difference is that Carnations are long-stemmed with substantial blooms while Pinks are relatively short-stemmed with smaller more dainty blooms.

However, during the early 20th century, breeders began to cross the two and a new range of long flowering, scented hardy garden pinks were developed that still remain very popular today.

Pinks were prized by the ancient Greeks who actually created the name Dianthus, meaning God’s or Zeus’s flower, but they have also been known by other names. Chaucer, wrote about them in the mid 14th century calling them ‘girofle’ meaning clove, and though you don’t often hear that name today, you can still sometimes hear them referred to as ‘gillyflower’.

They have everything. They are good for cutting, flower for long periods, are attractive to bees and butterflies and are slug and rabbit resistant.
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Dianthus Cocktail Shirley Temple
Dianthus Odessa (Garden Pinks)
Dianthus Odessa (Garden Pinks)
Dianthus Sunflor mixed collection
Dianthus Sunflor mixed collection
Dianthus Sunflor Bling Bling
Dianthus Sunflor Bling Bling
Dianthus Collection
Dianthus Collection
Dianthus Sweet Collection
Dianthus Sweet Collection
Dianthus Sunflor Luigi
Dianthus Sunflor Luigi
Dianthus Sunflor Paseo
Dianthus Sunflor Paseo
Dianthus Collection
Dianthus Collection
Dianthus Collection
Dianthus Collection
Dianthus Collection
Dianthus Collection
Dianthus Sugar Plum
Dianthus Sugar Plum
Dianthus Bailey's Celebration
Dianthus Bailey's Celebration
Dianthus Devon Cream
Dianthus Devon Cream
Dianthus Doris
Dianthus Doris
Dianthus Coconut Sundae
Dianthus Coconut Sundae
Dianthus Widecombe Fair
Dianthus Widecombe Fair