Dianthus (Carnations)

Kim EllsonJun 1, '21
Dianthus (Carnations)

Perennial Dianthus are a wonderful addition to any garden, large or small.  These plants delight early in the year with very showy blooms, that are quite long-lived and generally occur in pinks, purples, whites and reds, and most with a divine fragrance. Try to position plants in a well-frequented area, to receive maximum enjoyment from their fragrance.  As most varieties are relatively compact, plants are best presented in combination with other conservative plants, or alternatively along borders.  This will avoid plants becoming ‘lost’.

Dianthus enjoy full sun and require a well-drained soil. Ensure plants do not sit wet or they will become susceptible to rot. Perennial Dianthus are also an ideal choice for rock gardens.  Please visit our store to see which varieties we currently have in stock.

Latin Names: Dianthus gratianopolitanus, D. caryophyllus, D. armeria, D. chinensis, D. barbatus

Light: Full sun

Bloom Color: White, pink, purple, red, orange

Bloom Period: Spring to early summer

Height: Wide range, variety dependent, 4-36” tall

Habit: Mounding, upright

Hardiness: 3 - 9 (Pesche's selection are all fully hardy)

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