Dianthus, also known as “pinks”, belong to a family of plants which includes carnations and are characterized by the spicy fragrance the blooms emit which is hints of cinnamon or clove. They can be found most often in pink, salmon, red and white hues. Dianthus are small and usually between 6 and 18 inches tall and also called Sweet William. The foliage is slender and sparsely spread on thick stems. Blooming typically lasts from May to October but known to last much longer. Plant in full sun, partial shade or anywhere they will receive at least 6 hours of sun and they need fertile, well-drained soil that is alkaline. Water them only at the base of the plant to keep the foliage dry and prevent mildew spotting. Deadheading is extremely important to reduce volunteer plants and to encourage additional blooming.