The flower family of dianthus has several characteristics such as: hardy, herbaceous, perennial, and producing bright, fragrant blooms. Dianthus is a genus of about 300 species of flowering plants that can also be used for ground covers since many of them spread wider then they get tall. The name Dianthus is from the Greek words for God and flowers. Its genus can include Carnations, Picotees, and Sweet William. Dianthus flower seeds are easy to grow and prefer full sun, moderate climates, and rich, well drained soil. Perennial Dianthus is often evergreen or semi-evergreen. The dark green foliage stays evergreen in winter months except in northern climates. The evergreen foliage and the long flowering season allows for interesting year-around displays of foliage in the winter and flowers in spring, summer, and fall. Dianthus are used in containers, mixed plantings, cut flower gardens, scented gardens, butterfly gardens, borders, and can be used in mass plantings from flower seeds.
Dianthus is deer resistant and multiplies readily. Along with well drained soil, select a site with neutral to alkaline soil pH. Dianthus will not tolerate wet soils, especially in the winter. Remove spent blooms on tall varieties or cut back mounding plants after they flower to encourage rebloom. Dianthus plants need good air circulation and they should not be heavily mulched. A very light mulch at the base of the plant is sufficient for weed control. Use an light application of all purpose fertilizer every 6 to 8 weeks to promote flowering. Dianthus may be divided every 3 to 4 years by digging the plant up and splitting the base into divisions and replanting. Water thoroughly upon replanting.
Dianthus (Dianthus Barbatus Albus) - This white Sweet William Dianthus is a wonder of a plant, with tiny 3/4 inch florets of glistening white that crowd one another on big 4 to 7 inch bloom clusters. Sow Dianthus seeds and have blooms in just 3 months!
Dianthus (Dianthus Gratianopolitanus Cheddar Pink) - Dianthus Gratianopolitanus Cheddar Pink is a stunning, wide-spreading ground cover plant with grassy, blue-green foliage and pink flowers. It establishes easily from Dianthus seeds, and it can be used to edge a flower bed or grow it in your rock garden for a splash of cool color.
Dianthus (Dianthus Barbatus Dunetti) - This crimson red Sweet William Dianthus is a compact, upright plant about 18 to 24 inches tall, vigorous and eager to please. Dianthus Barbatus Dunetti will get clusters of crimson red flowers that will catch your eye and the eye of your neighbors. Easily grown from Dianthus seeds, this plant will bloom in about 3 months.
Dianthus (Dianthus Barbatus Holborn Glory) - Dianthus Barbatus Holborn Glory is an heirloom variety with flower trusses that are a lovely combination of purple red and a pristine white ring bloom on straight, stiff stalks which easily grow from Dianthus seeds.
Dianthus (Dianthus Barbatus Oeschberg) - Start Dianthus seeds for this dark beauty! This Dianthus Sweet William with crimson-black foliage and deep violet purple flowers is one of our favorite Dianthus flowers. It's excellent in leaf and bud and even better in full flower and has a vase life of at least ten days.
Dianthus (Dianthus Barbatus Pink Beauty) - Start these lovely additions to the garden from Dianthus flower seeds! Not only one of the most popular cut flowers, but also a must in borders, cottage gardens, or behind flowering ground covers.
Sweet William Mix (Dianthus Barbatus) - There is no disappointment with this wild flower seed! It is winter hardy to USDA Zones 3-9. This Dianthus Sweet William mix is a short-lived perennial wild flower seed that is perhaps best grown as a biennial.
Dianthus (Dianthus Plumarius Sweetness) - Dianthus Sweetness flowers for months on compact, mat-forming, evergreen, plants. This perennial easily Dianthus Plumarius seed, so make room in your garden for this beautiful flower!