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Perennials – Dianthus

  • Dianthus

Botanical name: dianthus caryophyllus 

Beginner friendly?: yes

Average size at maturity: about a foot in height and in width 

Bloom time:  spring and summer 

Hardy zone:  zones 6 – 9 

Flower color: white, red, pink, purple 

Foliage color: green 

Growth rate: can reach mature size in first or second growing season 

Pruning instructions: deadhead as needed

Propagation methods: cut a stem just below a node and place in water until roots start to emerge

Landscape use: herbaceous garden border 

Light needs: at least 6 hours of sun a day 

Special features: fragrant flowers 

Watering instructions:  water every 3-4 weeks. Water more often during periods of constant drought 

Fertilizing instructions : use a slow release fertilizer in the spring before the first blooms of the season

Best time to plant: spring or fall

Best type of soil: adapts to all kinds of soil 

Companion plants: petunias, pansies, lavender

Toxicity level: non-toxic for humans and pets 

Invasive species: no

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