dianthus

Dianthus have so much to offer, edible flowers, evergreen foliage, drought tolerant, fragrant and even cut flowers. Best of all, Dianthus are easy to grow with a minimum of five hours of full sun. The low growing varieties are great in rock gardens and lining pathways.

Sweet Williams and carnations are excellent long lasting cut flowers. There are also brilliant bedding types that offer color all summer. Dianthus flowers are commonly found in shades of reds, pinks and white, and have a sweet clove scent. Some carnation varieties are available in yellows and oranges. They combine well with lambs ear (Stachys), Alyssum, and Sun Rose (Helianthemum).

Perennial varieties tend to bloom in May and June, with Sweet Williams, Carnations and annual varieties blooming through out the summer. Dianthus make a wonderful fragrant addition to containers and window boxes.

Bedding varieties

These Dianthus are often planted in mass or tucked into containers for bright color all summer. Even though they are sold as annuals, they are often perennial under the right conditions. Some common series found for sale in our bedding plants area include the varieties featured here.

Dianthus

Dianthus: Ideal Series

Grows 10-12” tall and wide

Fragrant flowers in shades of pink, red and white all summer

Dianthus 'raspberry Parfait'

Dianthus: Parfait Series

Grows 8-10" tall and wide

Bicolor, fragrant flowers with contrasting center spring through summer

Dianthus barbatus 'Heart Attack'

Dianthus barbatus: Sweet William

An old fashioned, favorite cut flower with large clusters of clove scented blooms in shades of red, pink and white in spring.

Tall varieties grow 1-2' tall and wide. Dwarf varieties reach 6-12" tall.

This biennial or short lived perennial. Zones 3-9.

Varieties include:

Dianthus 'Green Ball'

Dianthus barbatus 'Green Ball'

Unique fluffy, green flowers that resemble moss balls.

Grows 10-14" tall 8-12" wide.

Hardy to 10°F.

Dianthus barbatus 'Jolt Cherry'

Dianthus barbatus 'Jolt Cherry'

Fragrant bright pink flowers May-October.

18-20" tall 12-14" wide.

Zones 7-11.

Dianthus barbatus 'Sooty'

Dianthus barbatus 'Sooty'

Crimson red flowers on 18” stems.

Zones 4-8.

Dianthus caryophyllus

Dianthus caryophyllus: Carnation

A classic cut flower with frilly, rounded flowers. Perennials with evergreen blue foliage growing 12” tall and some dwarf varieties too! Drainage is important for this species.

Zones 7-10.

Dianthus 'Chomley Farran'

Dianthus 'Chomley Farran'

The “Malibu Barbie” of Dianthus. An unusual purple flower with hot pink streaks and an iridescent overlay.

Grows 12-18" tall and wide.

Zone 6-9.

Dianthus Grenadin Series

Dianthus 'Grenadin Series'

Your classic small carnation flower available in shades of red, pink and white.

Grows 12-24” tall and wide.

Zones 4-9.

Dianthus caryophyllus 'Super Trooper Red and White'

Dianthus 'Super Trooper' series

Prolific blooms all summer in a huge array of colors.

Dwarf habit growing 8-10" tall 6-8" wide.

Zones 6-9.

Perfect for containers and as gifts.

Dianthus Maiden Pinks 'Raspberry Swirl'

Dianthus deltoides: Maiden Pinks

A shorter group growing 6-10” tall and 18-24”wide with deciduous green foliage. The flowers are often single or semi-double in shades of pink and red. Great edging boarders and rock gardens.

Zones 3-9.

Dianthus d. 'Flashing Lights'

D. deltoides 'Flashing Lights'

Small single red flowers May-June atop bronzy green leaves.

Dianthus d. 'Arctic Fire'

D. deltoides 'Arctic Fire'

Single white flowers with a red eye. Grows 6-8” tall and 18’ wide.

Dianthus 'Bath's Pink'

Dianthus gratianopolitanus: Bath’s Pink, Cheddar Pink

A low growing group (6-12” tall) with lovely evergreen, blue foliage.

Heavy bloomers with single or semi-double, clove-scented flowers in May and June.

Diverse selection of different varieties offering flowers in single colors, blotched petals and fringed edges!

Great in containers, rock gardens and edging pathways.

Combines well with Iberis, Lithodora or Aubrieta.

Zones 3-9.

Dianthus: Star and Double Star Series

This short and spicy group offer a uniform clean growth habit and abundant flowers with contrasting eye color.

Evergreen, grows 6-12" tall and wide.

Zone 5.

Includes ‘Double Star Starlette’, ‘Peppermint Star’, and 'Neon Star'.

Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies'

Dianthus: 'Tiny Rubies'

Excellent choice for a groundcover. Grows 3-6” tall 10" wide and can tolerate low amounts of foot traffic

Masses of double rich pink flowers May-June.

Zones 3-8.

Dianthus 'Firewitch'

Dianthus: Firewitch'

One of the first Dianthus to bloom with fragrant, single, magenta flowers.

Grows 6-8" tall 12" wide.

Zones 3-8.

Find the Best Perennials for your Garden

We have a wonderful selection of perennials year round, but if you are looking for a specific perennial we will have the best selection when it is in bloom around town. Note: Native plant pages will take you into the Native Plant section.

Perennials

Actaea: Bugbane

Natives

Native Actaea: Bugbane

Perennials

Agastache: Hyssop

Perennials

Anemone: Windflower

Perennials

Aquilegia: Columbine

Natives

Native Aquilegia: Columbine

Perennials

Artemisia

Natives

Asarum: Wild Ginger

Natives

Asclepias: Milkweed

Perennials

Aster

Perennials

Astilbe: False Spirea

groundcovers

Bellium: Miniature Daisy

Perennials

Bergenia: Pigsqueak

Perennials

Brunnera: Bugloss

Perennials

Canna Lily

Natives

Camassia: Camas

Perennials

Chrysanthemum

Perennials

Coreopsis: Tickweed

Perennials

Corydalis

Perennials

Cyclamen

Bulbs

Dahlia

Bulbs

Delosperma: Ice Plant

Perennials

Delphinium: Larkspur

Perennials

Dianthus: Carnation

Perennials

Dicentra: Bleeding Heart

Natives

Dodecatheon: Shooting Star

Perennials

Echinacea: Coneflower

Perennials

Epimedium

Natives

Erigeron: Fleabane

Natives

Eriophyllum: Oregon Sunshine

groundcovers

Erodium: Alpine Geranium

Perennials

Eupatorium: Joe-Pye Weed

Perennials

Euphorbia: Spurge

Natives

Fragaria: Wild Strawberry

Bulbs

Fritillaria

Perennials

Hardy Fuchsia

Perennials

Hardy Geranium

Perennials

Geum: Avens

Perennials

Helenium: Sneezeweed

Perennials

Hellebore

Perennials

Hellebore: Gold Collection

Perennials

Hellebore: Winter Jewel

Perennials

Heuchera: Coral Bells

Perennials

Hosta: Plantain Lily

Perennials

Iberis: Candytuft

Bulbs

Iris

Natives

Native Iris

Perennials

Kniphofia: Red Hot Poker

groundcovers

Leptinella

Perennials

Leucanthemum: Shasta Daisy

Natives

Lewisia: Bitterroot

Perennials

Ligularia

Perennials

Monarda: Bee Balm

groundcovers

Moss

groundcovers

Muehlenbeckia

Bulbs

Narcissus: Daffodil

Perennials

Paeonia: Peony

Perennials

Papaver: Poppy

Perennials

Parahebe

Natives

Penstemon: Beard Tongue

Perennials

Perovskia: Russian Sage

groundcovers

Pratia

Perennials

Primula: Primrose

Perennials

Rudbeckia: Black-eyed Susan

Perennials

Salvia

Perennials

Santolina: Lavender Cotton

Perennials

Sedum

Perennials

Evergreen Sedum

Natives

Native Sedum: Stonecrop

Perennials

Sempervivum: Hen & Chicks

Natives

Sidalcea: Checker Mallow

Natives

Sisyrinchium

Blue-eyed Grass
Natives

Solidago: Goldenrod

Natives

Synthyris: Native Figwort

Perennials

Top Shade Perennials

Perennials

Top Sun Perennials

Perennials

Tricyrtis: Toad Lily

Natives

Trillium: Wake Robin

Bulbs

Tulip

Natives

Vancouveria: Inside-out Flower

groundcovers

Vinca: Periwinkle

Perennials

Viola: Violet

Natives

Native Viola: Violet

Perennials

Zantedeschia: Calla Lily