You may know Dianthus by their common name of carnations or pinks. Their gorgeous colours will make you smile and their delightful fragrance will probably trigger sweet memories of your grandmother’s garden. There are numerous types of dianthus, so there's one for almost any garden situation. Many types have flowers with a fragrant, spicy scent and notched petals. Common dianthus include Sweet William, pinks, and carnations. Most dianthus have pink, red, or white flowers with notched petals.