Dianthus plumarius "Spring Beauty) (Cottage Pinks)
The fringed, double and semi-double Dianthus plumarius, with blue-gray, grass-like foliage is a spring beauty indeed. Dianthus plumarius comes in an array of colors ranging from red, through pink, to white, and often with contrasting "eyes." "Spring Beauty" grows in sun to about 10 inches and is ideal for the rock garden, rock walls, and for edging. If I had to choose between the flowers and the foliage of Dianthus, it would be a toss-up, but if threw the scent into the mix, that would win hands down. These also benefit from an occasional haircut after blooming for a tidier appearance and a second flush of blooms. Zones 4-8. Quarts.