Because of their incredible array of colors, dianthus are a great addition to your fall garden! While fall gardens are usually sprinkled with earthy, fall colors like brown, yellow, orange, and red, dianthus offers a refreshing splash of nearly every color from white to nearly black. These dainty flowers are perfect for cottage gardens, borders, containers, rock gardens, cutting gardens, and more!
Dianthus are used as either ground cover or simple garden fillers that reach up to thirty inches tall. These low-maintenance plants are fragrant and thrive in hardiness zones 3 to 8. They’re also the perfect pollinator flower as they attract bees and butterflies easily.
The best times to plant dianthus are in the cooler months during spring or fall. They also love rich, well-draining soil that is in full or part sun. For better, more robust shows of colorful blooms, deadhead the spent flowers.
The best dianthus to plant for fall gardens are either the Telstar series or the Firewitch Cheddar Pinks. These two blooms sporadically in late summer and fall.
Related to the Carnation. Dianthus is also used from spring through the winter months. Dianthus is available in Carnation scented blooms of pink, white, red, purple, and bi-colors.
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