Dianthus myrtinervius (Albanian Pinks)
Even without the blooms, I am smitten with the foliage of Dianthus myrtinervius: densely matted, deep reddish green, and low growing. Dianthus myrtinervius, native to the Balkins, grows to about eight inches (sources said three, but I beg to differ), so be sure to plant it where it will not be overwhelmed by taller plants. It is covered in striking dark rose pink, solitary blooms on short stems in summer and is ideal for the rock garden, alpine garden, and even a container where it appreciates full sun and well-drained soil. It is also a bee and butterfly magnet. Zones 4-8. Quarts.