At the Great North Carnation Society we concentrate on three types of Dianthus which are Pinks, Border Carnations and Perpetual Flowering Carnations. There are others such as Malmaisons, Spray Carnations and Alpine Dianthus. If we start with Pinks these are the smallest blooms and can be very dainty, pinks usually have a strong scent especially the older varieties as the photos show the range is very extensive. There are singles, doubles, laced, bicolour, selfs and fancies all in a myriad of colours and variations.
Border Carnations are larger than Pinks and also can be a very dainty bloom these come in selfs, fancies and picotees Selfs are a single colour, fancies come in a variety of variations the two most popular being white ground and yellow ground which means the main colour is white or yellow with one or more other colours present in the form of flecks, stripes, edging or all three.
Perpetuals are the largest blooms, there are not so many scented varieties They are very striking blooms in a large list of colours from selfs through to fancies. Perpetuals need to be grown under cover most use the greenhouse but some growers have just as good results in polytunnels. They can be grown to flower year round but a minimum temperature of 45F or 8C must be maintained.
Malmaisons to look at are very different to what we would say a carnation looks like.
There is are selections of each genus below, there is a much larger selection in our Photo Gallery