This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
The whole family of Dianthus, and its neighbors Armeria and Silene, which includes Indian Pinks, carnations, " Ragged Robins," and so forth, are among the best of border plants in our climate for early summer flowering, making capital stuff to cut from. A correspondent of the Journal of Horticulture refers to a little known kind in the following paragraph:
Growers for this purpose will do well to note the large-flowered Thrift, Armeria alpina grandi-flora, as one of the most useful and effective of hardy red-blooming plants to cut from all through the month of June. The plant is strong and robust, and should not be used for edgings, but ought to be planted well in beds or in long lines, as the flower-stems are from nine to ten inches in height, are stiff and straight and carry heads as large as the flowers of the White Pink. The plant increases rapidly in size during the summer, and thrives better in drought than in moisture; it is increased by pulling the roots to pieces in the autumn, when every piece will soon get established and start into growth. This Thrift blooms simultaneously with the White Pink and autumn-sown plants of the Blue Corn cockle. Immediately following this is that beautiful rosy-red Pink Lord Lyon, a fine double smooth-edged kind that is a most attractive flower and delicately perfumed. I look upon this as one of the very best pinks ever raised, as amongst the varieties of this useful flower light colors so largely predominate. It is quite as free as the old white kind, but a little later; is perfectly hardy, and propagates freely from pipings.
It should find a place in the herbaceous border of every garden.