Over 300 species and extremely large number of hybrids. Most kinds form attractive evergreen mats or tufts of grasslike green, gray-green, blue-green, or grayblue leaves. Single, semidouble, or double flowers in white and shades of pink, rose, red, yellow, and orange; many have rich, spicy fragrance. Main bloom period for most is spring into early summer; some kinds rebloom later in season or keep going into fall if faded flowers are removed. All kinds of dianthus thrive in light, fast-draining soil.Dianthus deltoides
From Europe and Asia. To 8–12 in. high, forming a loose mat to 1 ft. wide. Blossoms about 3/4 in. wide, with sharp-toothed petals, are borne at ends of forked flowering stems with short leaves. Colors include white and light or dark rose to purple, spotted with lighter colors. Blooms in summer, in just a few weeks from seed. sometimes again in fall. Useful, showy ground or bank cover. Can tolerate half-day shade.
Perennial grown as a cool-season annual. Spring bloomer to 6–12 in tall and broad; spreads widel...
Biennial grown as annual. East Asian native reaching 1 1/2 to 2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide. Lance shaped lea...
California native. To 1 1/2 ft. tall. Deep pink to lavender flowers with three-lobed, fan-shaped petal...