Dianthus, commonly known as carnations or “pinks,” are charming and versatile flowering plants. They are annuals in some parts of the world, but in Melbourne can be grown as cottage perennials (living more than one year). Known for their compact size, profuse blooms, and delightful fragrance, Dianthus plants exhibit tufts of slender, grass-like leaves with slender stems bearing clusters of vibrant flowers in various shades of pink, red, and white. Unlike shrubs, Dianthus plants have a compact growth habit and are ideal for edging, borders, rock gardens, and containers. In Melbourne and Victorian gardens, Dianthus can add colour and texture to flower beds, attracts pollinators, and their long-lasting blooms make them perfect for cut flower arrangements.