Think pink with the Dianthus - a genus of flowering plants belonging to the Caryophyllaceae family. There are over 300 species, and the Pink Kisses variety is small but mighty, producing hundreds of flowers despite its compact size. It's a treat to look at with its two-toned magenta and blush colouring and smells great, too - its fragrance is reminiscent of cinnamon and cloves.
The name of this genus of these plants come from the Greek words 'dios' meaning God and 'anthos' meaning flower, translating to 'flowers of the gods' - names don't get much more impressive than that!
Keep your Dianthus happy by positioning in soil that’s kept moist but not soggy. This plant is a bit of a sun worshipper as it loves soaking up the rays. The Dianthus Pink Kisses flowers between June and September.
How to keep me happy
Plant size: W12cm x H25cm
Hardiness: Half hardy
Ideal for: I'm happy in a pot or a flowerbed
Position in: I like basking in full sunshine
Pollinator: The bees and butterflies love me
Easy to grow: I'm a low maintenance plant
Scented: I'll help your garden to smell lovely
Botanical Name: Dianthus
Jo's Top Tip
During growing season, remove faded or dead flowers carefully with scissors as this will prolong the time in which the Dianthus flowers for.