Plant of the Week: Dianthus

From it’s blue/green foliage, Dianthus explodes into a profusion of flowers in early spring. Blooms can be anywhere from white to pink to red to purple and even combinations of those shades. Also known as Pinks, Carnations and Sweet William, there are dozens of varieties of these gorgeous perennials, perfect for any garden, border or ground cover.

Care

Full sun (at least 6 hours per day).

Well-draining soil with a pH between 6.0 and 8.0. Dianthus are moderately drought tolerant and do not tolerate soaking wet soil.

Deadhead spent flowers to encourage new blooms.

Fertilize beginning in spring when new growth emerges. Use a slow-release fertilizer like Dynamite or a fertilizer specifically for flowers like Dr. Earth Total Advantage.

Our Favorite Varieties

Baths Pink Dianthus

Baths Pink – Averaging 8″ tall, this Dianthus features light pink, star shaped flowers.

Firewitch Dianthus

Firewitch – Also averaging around 8″ tall, Firewitch is an eyecatcher with it’s hot pink flowers.

Orange Bling Bling Dianthus

Orange Bling Bling – Reach 10″ – 12″ at maturity, Orange Bling Bling has gorgeous, ruffled, coral colored flowers.

Raspberry Swirl Dianthus

Raspberry Swirl – A taller variety of Dianthus, Raspberry Swirl can reach up to 24″ tall, but averaged 12-18″. Light pink petals, edged in red, make this perennial a standout!

Ruby’s Tuesday Dianthus

Ruby’s Tuesday –  Reaching up to 18″ tall, this variety of Dianthus features bright red flowers.