This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
Among the annuals recently introduced, the new Chinese Pinks promise to be among the most popular. We present our readers with a drawing of one of the new varieties, named Dianthus Chinensis Heddewigii, which, with a fuller description, was crowded out of the body of the magazine, and now very gracefully makes its appearance on our Table. We learn from our foreign files that we are indebted for this beautiful flower to M. Heddewig, of St. Petersburgh, who obtained it from Japan, and sent some of the seed to London, where it flowered in 1859. It closely resembles the old Chinese Pink, but is much superior in size and richness of coloring, embracing every conceivable hue of crimson, maroon, violet, rose, and white. "The markings of the individual flowers are strikingly beautiful; some have a centre of rich velvety crimson, shading off towards the edge of the petals with lighter crimson and rose; others, with a maroon centre, have the rest of the petals curiously marbled and blotched, while others are striped with various shades of rose, lake, pink, and white. This diversity of color, where several plants are grown together, forms a mass quite indescribable."This description is fully borne out by the beautiful colored drawing from which our engraving is taken.
The flowers are three inches in diameter. The plant blooms freely, and grows about a foot high.
Closely allied to this is the D. C. lariniaius, which, however, grows two feet high, with flowers about four inches in diameter, each petal consisting of a long, delicate fringe, some double, others single. The colors are pure white, flesh, rose, various shades of red, carmine, violet, purple, and rich maroon, some being all of one color, and others striped and spotted.
Such are the new Chinese Pinks, as we find them described and colored. They are constant bloomers, and hardy, and we hope to see them in every garden.