The Garden Community for Garden Lovers

South Yorkshire, United Kingdom Gb

grew some pinks this year ,the flowering is almost finished and i have trimmed them back ,are they an annual ?



Is it the small variety (dianthus) that you've got. If so, I just keep deadheading them, then you'll get another flush, when they're finished completely just leave them alone and they'll come again next year. In other words, no they're not an annual they're a perennial.

31 Jul, 2011


I bought some pinks a couple of years ago. The label said "Indian Pink - annual". About half of them have come back this year, so I guess it depends which sort of pinks you have. Clove pinks and their cousins are perennials as Sheilar describes.

31 Jul, 2011


Oops, I thought all carnations and the smaller ones (dianthus) were perennials. The ones in in my garden are!! - mind I only have the little ones, not the full size ones, and they have all come back, in fact my grandson planted some in a stone trough about five years ago and they've spread and filled the trough completely. It must depend on which ones you get.

31 Jul, 2011


I think it does, Sheilar. My so-called annual ones have flat green leaves and the perennial ones have greyish leaves that are a bit thicker and tougher.

31 Jul, 2011


Chinese Pink (Dianthus chinensis) is a half-hardy, short-lived perennial which is usually grown as an annual in colder climates. Practically all other Dianthus (except Sweet William) are perennials.

1 Aug, 2011

How do I say thanks?

Answer question


Not found an answer?