Dianthus, also known as Pinks, Carnations, and Sweet Williams, encompass over 300 species and are native to Europe and Asia. They prefer full sun (at least 6 hours), well-drained loamy soils, and weekly watering if needed.
Pansies as we know them were developed in the late 1700 – early 1800’s. By 1833 there were over 400 varieties in cultivation. Pansies are vibrant annual flowers that can handle a frost, lay dormant throughout winter and bloom again in the spring.
There are several spring or summer flowers that are best planted as tubers, bulbs, pips, corms, or rhizomes. These are the Dahlias, Gladiolas, Canna, Lily of the Valley, Lilies, Caladium, Colocasia, and Alocasia.