(Dianthus caryophyllus) The spicy, clove-scented flowers of dianthus, a cottage garden favorite also called clove pinks or carnations, are adored by pollinators, butterflies and hummingbirds! The delightfully frilly blooms lend a welcome splash of color to border gardens and the long-stemmed varieties make excellent cut flowers. Sow seeds indoors six to eight weeks before your last frost date for blooms the same year. Seeds sown directly in the garden in late spring or summer will bloom the following year. Dianthus is a tender perennial typically grown as an annual. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days. Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost date or direct seed before last frost; a little frost helps germination. Surface and lightly cover with a thin layer of soil. Do not allow them to become potbound! Space plants 8-12 inches apart.
(Dianthus barbatus) A gorgeous cottage garden flower with burgundy, lavender and cream-colored, edible blooms. Gorgeous puffs of subtle colors are super attractive to pollinators like bees and butterflies. A reliable cut flower and charming addition to the landscape. High-end chefs love to use this variety for garnishing and edible flower use.
(D. barbatus) Stunning, spidery blooms in a soft pastel rainbow of pinks, purples and whites. 1-1.5’ tall short-lived perennial that will bloom in the first year and can be treated as an annual. This heavenly scented dianthus has been beloved for everything from cutting gardens to cottage gardens since the 1920s.