I am on a quest for a lovely and truly fragrant pink.
Once long ago I got a "bonus packet" of seed from Gurney's along with my
regular order. The seeds were dianthus of some variety I can't recall.
The plant was a durable, bushy perennial (I'm in USDA Zone 9/Sunset Zone
16/17, San Francisco Bay Area) in my yard. It had delicate blue-green
leaves and pink and white ruffled blossoms that looked like chunks of salt
water taffy. It might have even been fragrant, but I don't really
I've been looking for a plant like it. The local garden center offers
Dianthus chinensis, Chinese pinks (Telstar variety etc.) which are compact
and vivid in color, but have no fragrance at all. I bought a few of these
and also a D. caryophyllus, a compact carnation or clove pink (Cinnamon
Red Hots variety). This plant has delicious little red blossoms that
smell like clove chewing gum. Yummy.
There is also a variety of D. chinensis called "Gaiety" which is a ruffled
variety. The seed packet says its blooms are fragrant, but the Sunset
Western Garden Book says D. chinensis is never fragrant. D. chinensis
seems to be the variety most often offered in local nurseries and on seed
The Sunset Western Garden Book lists the fragrant varieties of dianthus as
D. caryophyllus (carnation or clove pink, border carnation)
D. gratianopolitanus/D.caesius (cheddar pink)
D. plumarius (cottage pink)
D. 'Rose Bowl'
D. 'Tiny Rubies'
It seems that fewer seed companies offer the fragrant dianthus varieties.
Burpee's might have one that I want, an heirloom variety.
Your experiences and feedback are appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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