Are you planning to grow dianthus in your flower garden? Then you will need some information about dianthus flower garden plants. Dianthus is a genus of flower garden plants native to Europe and Asia. Most are perennial, although a few species are annual or biennial. All flowers in the genus dianthus have petals which are frilled with pink or consist of various shades of pink. It’s believed that the word “pink” may have been named after these flowers, and the correlation can be traced back as far as the 14th century. Dianthus flowers are easy to grow in most climates, and are popular for use in flower beds and rock gardens. Most varieties will reach 18-24 inches (45-60 centimeters) in height with flowers 1-1 ½ inches (2.5-3.8 centimeters) in diameter. The flowers of dianthus are characterized by their ragged edges which are often darker in color than the remainder of the petal. Some popular varieties of the plant include dianthus caryophyllus or the commoncarnation, and dianthus barbatus also known as sweet William.
Most commonly, dianthus flower garden plants are grown from seed but can also be propagated from cuttings. If growing from seed, plant directly into the garden in mid-late spring once the ground has begun to warm and there is no longer a chance of frost. Plant the seeds approximately 10-12 inches (25-30 centimeters) apart, and cover lightly with rich soil. Seeds may also be started indoors six to eight weeks before the last frost.