Here’s another perennial I that’s an easy keeper in my garden – just two little bits of maintenance during the year. It’s been in my garden for ten years.
The slowly spreading ground cover grows 6 to 8 inches tall. The flowers hover above the foliage. It blooms well in full sun, After bloom it is easy to deadhead with a hand grass edger or to grab a bunch of stems and snip them off with a hand pruner. I have never had it re-bloom.
The new growth lays on top of the ground and can be trimmed with a scissor to keep it the right size - just lift and cut. . .
It always seems to me to have a brief bloom time. The pictures from May 5 (in bloom) to May 29 (after trimming) prove it’s not much different from a lot of other perennials.
(May 5, 2010)
(May 29, 2010)
Dianthus is also called pinks. I remember my grandmother talking about the pinks in her garden. I thought the name came from the color of the flower.
It turns out that pinks are named for the flower’s saw-toothed edge. A piece of cloth is pinked to keep the fabric from unraveling. Sewers may be familiar with the zig-zag edge of a pinking shears.
For me, it’s about as care free as a perennial gets. Neglect doesn’t seem to bother it.