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Pinks/
Carnations

Dianthus

Description:
Pretty flowers in shades of red, maroon, pink and magenta bloom atop compact mounds of foliage usually grey-green, blue-green or deep green.  Flowers bloom prolifically in early summer, but some may re-bloom in fall if the spent flowers are removed.  They make a terrific border or edging plant and also look great planted in mass.

 

 
Common Name: Sweet William, Cheddar Pinks, Pinks, Carnations
Botanical Name: Dianthus deltoides, Dianthus barbatus, Dianthus gratianopolitanus
Type: Perennial
Soil Preference: Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH.  If planting area is hot and dry, regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness.
Light Requirements: Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade.
Attributes: Fragrant, border, edging, mass plant, drought tolerant, salt tolerant, attracts butterflies, deer resistant
Pests: N/A
Diseases: Bacterial spot, leaf spot, stem rot, fusarium wilt
Good Companion Plants: Campanula, Gaillardia, Coral Bells, Hardy Geranium, Hens & Chicks, Lamb's Ear, Tickseed
Care: Cut the spent flowers to maintain neatness of the plant and to promote growth.   Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage. As soon as the weather begins to warm up, remove all of this mulch to prevent crown rot. Dianthus can be propagated by division every few years in early spring, just as the new growth begins to appear. This is recommended because Dianthus tends to be a short-lived perennial otherwise.

Planting Instructions:  Perennials
Water & Fertilizer Schedule

 

Varieties:

This variety listing is for informational purposes only, it is not a catalog. 
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Dianthus 'Black Cherry Wild'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 4-9
 
Description: This deep velvety red, fragrant, double selection has a rounded flower form with a slightly serrated, narrow, white picotee edge.  It is useful for adding a dramatic shot of red color in combination containers or at the edge of a landscape. This is one of the shortest varieties of the series.
Bloom Color: Velvety Red
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 6"
Spread: 8"


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Dianthus 'Everlast Burgundy Blush'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 4-10
 
Description: A newer series of Dianthus bred for double flowers, hardiness and most important, continuous summer bloom. Spectacular burgundy red double flowers with soft pink edge are very fragrant. Attractive narrow grey-green foliage and extremely floriferous.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Grey-Green
Height: 10-12"
Spread: 10-12"


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Dianthus 'Coconut Punch'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 4-9
 
Description:  This little perennial packs quite a punch!  Its 1.5 - 2" wide, fluffy looking, fragrant, double blossoms are intricately pattered in contrasting shades of red and white.  The flowers open deep red with large white blotches in the center of each petal.  As the flowers mature, the white blotches expand and the red color lightens, leaving a wine colored ring around each petal.  The grey-green foliage forms a grassy looking clump that is just the right size for the front of the flower border or in combination containers.
Bloom Color: Red Shades
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Gray-Green
Height: 12"
Spread: 12"


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Dianthus 'Desmond'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 3-9
 
Description:  Gorgeous double, deep red, 2" wide blossoms look like miniature roses and smell like them too! They contrast sharply against a background of silvery, evergreen foliage. D. 'Desmond' is a prolific bloomer. If deadheaded, it will flower in early summer and in the fall.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Silvery Green
Height: 12"
Spread: 12"


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Dianthus 'Dragon Fruit'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 3-9
 
Description:  This colorful double selection produces fragrant, bright pink, ruffled flowers with magenta markings around the center and edge of the petals.  The fluffy looking flowers which measure about 1.5" across are produced atop grassy mounds of grey-green foliage.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Grey-Green
Height: 8"
Spread: 12"


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Dianthus 'Eastern Star'
Star Series Carnations/Pinks
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Large, red flowers with raisin-red centers have a velvety appearance which is highlighted by subtle wisps of soft pink along the edges. Even more wonderful, they exude the spicy scent of cloves. Though budding is most prolific in early summer, plants will rebloom in the fall if spent flowers are removed. The evergreen foliage is a glaucous blue-green, forming compact mounds about 7" tall and wide.  The Dianthus 'Star' series is a recent Plant Haven introduction from breeder John Whetman of HR Whetman and Son in Devon, England. Though they are described as alpine dianthus, they are actually more complex and are an improvement over the species.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Blue-green
Height: 7"
Spread: 7"


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Dianthus 'Everlast Lilac + Eye'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 4-10
 
Description: A newer series  bred for double flowers, hardiness and most important, continuous summer bloom. Gorgeous light lilac double flowers with dark burgundy centers, very fragrant. Attractive narrow grey-green foliage. Extremely floriferous.
Bloom Color: Bicolor
Bloom Time: Spring - Early Summer
Foliage Color: Grey-Green
Height: 10-12"
Spread: 10-12"


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Dianthus 'Fire Star'
Star Series Carnations/Pinks
zones 6-9
 
Description:  Vivid fire red flowers have a deeper crimson eye, making this a "saturated red bicolor". The evergreen, glaucous grey-green foliage provides a stark contrast for these shockingly bright flowers. Even more wonderful, they exude the spicy scent of cloves. Though budding is most prolific in early summer, plants will rebloom in the fall if spent flowers are removed. D. 'Fire Star' is slightly taller and bushier than D. 'Eastern Star' and has proven to be a vigorous grower.  The Dianthus 'Star' series is a recent Plant Haven introduction from breeder John Whetman of HR Whetman and Son in Devon, England. Though they are described as alpine dianthus, they are actually more complex and are an improvement over the species.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Grey-green
Height: 8"
Spread: 8"


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Dianthus 'Firewitch' (gratianopolitanus)
Cheddar Pinks/Carnations
zones 3-9
 
Description:  Shocking magenta-pink, upward-facing blooms which exude the scent of cloves appear in masses above silvery-blue mats of evergreen foliage. Each of the 5 petals have serrated edges, looking as if they have been trimmed with pinking shears, hence the common name 'Pinks'. If deadheaded, this species will flower heaviest in early summer and again in fall.  Cheddar Pinks are native to Cheddar Gorge, England, the same town which is famous for its cheddar cheese.
Bloom Color: Magenta pink
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Silvery Blue
Height: 7-8"
Spread: 12"


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Dianthus 'Heart Attack' (barbatus)
Perennial Sweet William
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Very deep crimson red, carnation-like flowers really make a statement up against the glossy, dark green, lance-like foliage. The leaves are deep red when they emerge in spring. This cultivar has proven to have more perennial characteristics than others in the species which are biennial. It originates from southern Europe. This genus prefers full sun to partial shade with somewhat alkaline, well-drained soil. For the best appearance, clean up the previous year's foliage in the spring. Deadheading the lateral buds will prolong the blooming period to 6-8 weeks.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Height: 24"
Spread: 12"


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Dianthus 'Kahori'
Pinks/Carnations
zones 4-9
 
Description:  In summer, Kahori bears scented rosy pink flowers.  This fragrant dianthus is named after the Japanese word for "scented".  It’s narrow leaves are greyish-green. Plant in well-drained acid-free soil in full sun. Use on banks and slopes or in beds and borders.
Bloom Color: Rosy-Pink
Bloom Time: All Summer
Foliage Color: Greyish Green
Height: 8-12"
Spread: 18"


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Dianthus 'Little Maiden'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 3-8
 
Description:  Forms very compact mounds with narrow bluish-green foliage. The unique white fringed flowers bloom mid-summer into fall (later than most other Dianthus). Very fragrant. Excellent for the rock garden.  Deer resistant and attracts butterflies & hummers.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Spring - Early Summer
Foliage Color: Blue-Grey
Height: 8-10"
Spread: 6-12"


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Dianthus 'Neon Star'
Star Series Carnations/Pinks
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Vibrant, florescent pink flowers cover the evergreen, glaucous blue-grey foliage. The habit is compact and mounding to a height of about 7" tall and wide. Even more wonderful, the flowers exude the spicy scent of cloves. Though budding is most prolific in early summer, plants often rebloom in the fall. The Dianthus 'Star' series is a recent Plant Haven introduction from breeder John Whetman of HR Whetman and Son in Devon, England. Though they are described as alpine dianthus, they are actually more complex and are an improvement over the species.
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Blue-Grey
Height: 7"
Spread: 7"


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Dianthus 'Pomegranate Kiss'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 4-9
 
Description:  This deep velvety red, fragrant, double selection has petals that are irregularly splashed and streaked with rose pink and have a matching sharply serrated, rose pink edge.  The flowers lighten a bit in color as they age.  They contrast superbly with the glaucous blue-green, grassy foliage.  Use this short selection to line sunny pathways or in rock gardens.
Bloom Color: Red Shades
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Blue-Green
Height: 6"
Spread: 8"


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Dianthus 'Raspberry Surprise'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Displays a profusion of delicious double blooms atop blue-green foliage.  The large double flowers are pink with raspberry -red centers and are wonderfully fragrant!  The compact habit makes Raspberry Surprise perfect for containers!
Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Blue-Green
Height: 8-10"
Spread: 12"


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Dianthus 'Raspberry Swirl'
AKA 'Devon Siskin'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 6-9
 
Description:  (Formerly named 'Siskin Clock') A mesmerizing dianthus! The young flowers have very light pink petals with a deep maroon picotee edge and central disc. As they age, the petals fade to white and the picotee edges changes to magenta. These awesome blooms carpet loose mounds of gray-green foliage in early summer. If deadheaded, they will re-bloom in the fall.  A member of the new Whetman Dessert Series, 'Raspberry Swirl' is a Plant Haven introduction from breeder John Whetman of HR Whetman and Son in Devon, England. Plants in this series tend to be very vigorous with a more open habit than the Whetman Star Series.
Bloom Color: Pink, white & maroon
Bloom Time: Early Summer
Foliage Color: Grey-green
Height: 7"
Spread: 9"


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Dianthus 'Ruby Sparkles'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 5-9
 
Description:  This eye catching red Dianthus produces masses of large, single, magenta red blossoms with a well-defined, deep ruby eye and deeply serrated petals.  Their spicy fragrance is intoxicating!  The colorful flowers blanket the tightly compact clump of grey-green foliage in early summer and early fall.
Bloom Color: Magenta
Bloom Time: Early summer
Foliage Color: Blue-green
Height: 8"
Spread: 14"


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Dianthus Scent First 'Passion'
Whteman Scent First Pinks
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Velvety red, spicy fragrant double blooms atop mounds of compact blue green foliage.   Require very well-drained soil, full sun, and slightly alkaline (add lime) soil. Use near the front of the border or in rock gardens.
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Early summer
Foliage Color: Spring thru Early Summer
Height: 10-12"
Spread: 10-12"


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Dianthus Scent First 'Romance'
Whteman Scent First Pinks
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Wonderful wavy petals of salmon pink flowers with a carmine eye bloom atop compact mounds of blue-green foliage.  Requires very well-drained soil, full sun and slightly alkaline (add lime) soil.  Use near the front of the border or in rock gardens.
Bloom Color: Salmon Pink
Bloom Time: Early summer
Foliage Color: Spring thru Early Summer
Height: 10-12"
Spread: 10-12"


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Dianthus Scent First 'Sugar Plum
Whteman Scent First Pinks
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Wonderful wavy petals of maroon, pink and white atop compact mounds of blue-green foliage.  Requires very well-drained soil, full sun and slightly alkaline (add lime) soil.  Use near the front of the border or in rock gardens.
Bloom Color: Maroon, pink, white
Bloom Time: Spring thru Early Summer
Foliage Color: Blue-green
Height: 10-12"
Spread: 10-12"


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Dianthus Promotional Line 'Silver Star'
Pinks, Carnations
zones 4-9
 
Description:  Produces large, semi-double, fragrant, white ruffled flowers with a deep cherry eye. Blooms early to mid-season. Forms a compact mound of blue-green foliage. Attractive to butterflies. Deadhead regularly to encourage more buds to form.
Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Spring thru Early Summer
Foliage Color: Blue-green
Height: 4-8"
Spread: 8"


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Dianthus 'Shooting Star'
Star Series Carnations/Pinks
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Overlapping petals of magenta purple with plum rings around the centers describe the outstanding flowers of D. 'Shooting Star'. Even more wonderful, they exude the spicy scent of cloves. Though budding is most prolific in early summer, plants will rebloom in the fall if spent flowers are removed. The evergreen foliage is a glaucous blue-green, forming compact mounds about 7" tall and wide. The Dianthus 'Star' series is a recent Plant Haven introduction from breeder John Whetman of HR Whetman and Son in Devon, England. Though they are described as alpine dianthus, they are actually more complex and are an improvement over the species.
Bloom Color: Magenta purple
Bloom Time: Early summer
Foliage Color: Blue-green
Height: 7"
Spread: 12"


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Dianthus 'Spangled Star'
Star Series Carnations/Pinks
zones 5-9
 
Description:  An intricate pattern of red and pink is embroidered upon these unique flowers. Petals are scarlet red accented by pale pink serrated edges, throats, and blotches (2 per petal). These sparkling flowers exude the scent of cloves. Though budding is most prolific in early summer, plants often rebloom in fall. The evergreen foliage is a glaucous grey-green, forming compact mounds about 7" tall and wide. The Dianthus 'Star' series is a recent Plant Haven introduction from breeder John Whetman of HR Whetman and Son in Devon, England. Though they are described as alpine dianthus, they are actually more complex and are an improvement over the species.
Bloom Color: Reds & pinks
Bloom Time: Early summer
Foliage Color: Grey-green
Height: 7"
Spread: 7"


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Dianthus 'Strawberry Sorbet'
Carnations/Pinks
zones 5-9
 
Description:  Another exciting new addition to the Whetman Dessert Series, 'Strawberry Sorbet' has intricately patterned deep velvety red flowers with bright pink splotched petals and a matching picotee edge. Each fragrant blossom measures about 1 1/2 inches wide, providing terrific color impact in the garden or in containers. They contrast superbly with the mounded, blue-green foliage. 'Strawberry Sorbet' is a Plant Haven introduction from breeder John Whetman of HR Whetman and Son in Devon, England. Plants in this series tend to be very vigorous with a more open habit than the Whetman Star Series
Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Early summer
Foliage Color: Blue-green
Height: 14"
Spread: 18"


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Dianthus 'Sweetness'
Pinks/Dianthus
zones 4-8
 
Description:  The fringed, dark-eyed blooms flower in a wide range of colors - nearly white to dark carmine to every shade of pink!  Very eye-catching!
Bloom Color: Shades of Pink
Bloom Time: Early summer
Foliage Color: Green
Height: 4"
Spread: 12"


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Dianthus 'Tiny Rubies' (gratianopolitanus)
Cheddar Pinks
zones 3-9
 
Description:  Double, deep rose-pink, upward-facing blooms which exude the scent of cloves appear in masses above dense, globe-shaped mounds of deep green, evergreen foliage. Each of the 5 petals have serrated edges, looking as if they have been trimmed with pinking shears, hence the common name 'Pinks'. If deadheaded, this species will flower heaviest in early summer and again in fall. Cheddar Pinks are native to Cheddar Gorge, England, the same town which is famous for its cheddar cheese.
Bloom Color: Rose-pink
Bloom Time: Early summer
Foliage Color: Deep green
Height: 4-5"
Spread: 12-18"
 
 

 


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