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: 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

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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 borders and rock gardens.

Zones 3-9.

Dianthus d. 'Flashing Lights'

Dianthus deltoides 'Flashing Lights'

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

Dianthus d. 'Arctic Fire'

Dianthus 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 ground cover. 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.


Lewisia: Bitterroot