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 gratianopolitanus
From Europe. Neat, ground-hugging, foot-wide mat of blue-gray foliage. Stems 6–10 in. high bear small, typically pink to rose, single blossoms (less than an inch across) that are very fragrant. Bloom season lasts from spring to fall if plants are deadheaded regularly. Effective as ground cover or edging or in rock garden.
Compact, bushy, to 1 ft. high and wide. Blooms from summer into fall; flowers look like miniature glox...
Native from Mexico to Central America. Husky, rather coarse plant with velvety green leaves, spectacul...
Stiffly branching plants to 2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide, covered in summer and fall with rounded, papery, c...