Read this tip to make your life smarter, better, faster and wiser. LifeTips is the place to go when you need to know about English Cottage Gardens and other English Garden topics.
Old time pinks, those smaller relatives of the Carnations, were beautiful and many had a wonderful clove scent. They were once to be found in every cottage garden. They did have a couple of major faults in that the flowering period consisted of just one flush around midsummer and the blooms sometimes split.
They are still worth growing for the authentic touch.