Do pinks come back every year?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Pinks, also known as Dianthus, are perennial plants, which means they do have the ability to come back year after year. However, it’s important to note that there are different varieties of pinks, and some may not flower more than once a year.

The flowering habit of pinks can vary depending on the specific type and cultivar. Some pinks are known as “annual pinks” or “biennial pinks” because they typically only bloom once or twice before they die off. These types of pinks may not reliably come back the following year.

On the other hand, there are many perennial pinks that can be grown in gardens. These varieties are more likely to come back year after year and can provide beautiful blooms for multiple seasons. Perennial pinks are generally hardy and can withstand colder temperatures, allowing them to survive the winter and bloom again in the following years.

To ensure the longevity and continuous blooming of perennial pinks, proper care and maintenance are necessary. After the flowers have faded in autumn, it is recommended to cut back the spent blooms. This not only helps maintain a tidy appearance but also prevents the plant from wasting energy on seed production.

In addition to deadheading, it is also beneficial to trim any scruffy-looking leaves and lightly prune the foliage. This helps promote fresh growth and prevents the plant from becoming too leggy or overcrowded. By providing regular maintenance, you can encourage your pinks to produce more blooms and maintain their overall health.

While pinks have the potential to come back every year, it’s important to keep in mind that individual plant health and growing conditions can also play a role. Factors such as soil quality, sunlight exposure, and moisture levels can affect the longevity and blooming habits of pinks.

In my personal experience, I have grown various types of pinks in my garden, including both annual and perennial varieties. The perennial pinks have proven to be more reliable in terms of coming back each year and producing abundant blooms. With proper care and maintenance, I have enjoyed the beauty and fragrance of pinks in my garden for multiple seasons.

While not all pinks may flower more than once a year, there are perennial varieties that can come back year after year. By providing the appropriate care and maintenance, such as deadheading and light pruning, you can encourage your pinks to bloom repeatedly and enhance their overall longevity.