Dianthus, Annual (Dianthus)

Dianthus, Annual Plant Features

Jumpstart the color show in your early-spring garden with a generous helping of annual dianthus. These cheery, fragrant annuals come in shades of pink, rose, white, lavender and bi-colors. As an extra bonus, annual dianthus has blue-green foliage that adds an extra dose of color to beds, borders, and containers. Annual dianthus is a sun worshipper that grows 6 to 12 inches tall, depending on the variety. Butterflies love the plants nectar-laden flowers.

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Dianthus, Annual Growing Instructions

Annual dianthus needs a sunny spot that receives at least 6 to 8 inches of direct sun a day. Water whenever the soil feels dry to the touch and remove faded flowers as they appear to encourage more bloom. Feed annual dianthus with a little slow-release granular fertilizer at planting time.

 Dianthus is not recommended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors





  • Special Features

    Attracts butterflies

    Colorful foliage

    Deer/rabbit resistant

    Fragrant flowers/foliage

Complement your Dianthus, Annual

Geranium, Annual
Annual geraniums and Annual dianthus work well together in window boxes and planters.

Dwarf Marigold and Annual Dianthus are a stunning combination. Both of these compact annuals grow well in containers.

Dusty Miller
The gray foliage of Dusty Miller complements the blue-green color of Annual Dianthus leaves.

Our favorite varieties

Dash Crimson Dianthus

Dash Crimson Dianthus

Dianthus 'Dash Crimson'

The sweetly fragrant, sweet William-type flowers of ‘Dash Crimson’ dianthus are a lovely addition to containers or flower borders. Growing 15 to 20 inches tall, ‘Dash Crimson’ forms ball-like, dark red flower heads throughout the spring and summer.

Dash Magician Dianthus

Dash Magician Dianthus

Dianthus ‘Dash Magician’

The changeable, perfumed flowers of ‘Dash Magician’ dianthus start out white and then gradually change to rose and pink. It’s like having three varieties on one plant! Plus it's fragrant! ‘Dash Magician’ grows 15 to 20 inches tall.

Diabunda Rose Dianthus

Diabunda Rose Dianthus

Dianthus barbatus 'Diabunda Rose'

Growing only 8 inches tall and wide, Diabunda Rose offers silvery-pink fragrant flowers in spring and early summer.

Odessa Easy Pink Dianthus

Odessa Easy Pink Dianthus

Dianthus 'Sunflor Odessa Easy Pink'

Showing off cute, fragrant, carnation-like pink flowers and gray-green foliage, Odessa Easy Pink is a wonderful variety for easy-season color. It grows 10-12 inches tall and wide.

Odessa Red Dianthus

Odessa Red Dianthus

Dianthus 'Sunflor Odessa Red'

Odessa Red shows off dark, crimson-red, carnation-like flowers on a tidy plant with silvery foliage. It grows 10 to 12 inches tall and wide.

Odessa White Dianthus

Odessa White Dianthus

Dianthus 'Sunflor Odessa White'

Looking for fragrant, pure-white flowers in early spring? Check out Odessa White! It's a cinch to grow and loves cool weather. It reaches 10 to 12 inches tall and wide.

Jolt Cherry Dianthus

Jolt Cherry Dianthus

Dianthus 'Jolt Cherry'

A sweet William on steroids (but in a good way!), Jolt Cherry shows off bright pinkish-red flowers and excellent heat tolerance so it flowers longer into summer. It grows 20 inches tall and 16 inches wide.