How To Grow Dianthus
Plant Guide

How To Grow Dianthus


Whether you're looking to craft a jaw-dropping cut flower garden, or you just want to add some stunning color to your spring landscape, Dianthus will certainly get the job done! 

More commonly referenced as carnations, Dianthus are gorgeous perennials that come in a range of colors. Blooming in late April through May, these magnificent plants will bring unmatched beauty to an outdoor space. 

Beyond their beauty, Dianthus plants also offer up an easy, low-maintenance care regimen and are readily drought tolerant! Check out this planting guide to learn the best practices for growing a carnation-filled garden!

Ground Rules

Dianthus Lighting Guide


Dianthus enjoy conditions of full sun. For best results, plant your Dianthus in a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day. 

Dianthus Watering Guide


Do not water your Dianthus if the soil is moist. Dianthus are readily drought tolerant and can handle extended periods without water.

Dianthus Soil Guide


Dianthus enjoy any well-drained soil medium. The hardy perennials prefer neutral to slightly alkaline soil, but they have been known to handle a wide range of soil mediums. 

Dianthus Food Guide


Feed your Dianthus with a balanced fertilizer blend in the growing seasons of spring and summer! 

Dianthus Temperature Guide


Dianthus are considered 'cool-season plants,' and can even withstand light frosts! Your plants will likely exhibit signs of stress if temperatures drop below 40 degrees Fahrenheit for an extended period of time. 

Dianthus Toxicity Guide


Dianthus are considered toxic to animals and people. 

Dianthus Mulch Guide


Dianthus plants do not require mulching as good air circulation is needed to produce healthy blooms. 

Planting Process

  1. Select a sunny spot in the yard with loamy, well-draining soil
  2. Loosen the soil and break up large dirt clods. Remove any rocks and weeds that may be in the way of your Dianthus.
  3. Dig a hole double the width of the nursery pot.
  4. Loosen the root ball on your Dianthus Plant and place it in the hole.
  5. Backfill with surrounding soil.
  6. Water thoroughly for the next couple of weeks until the plant is established.

Dianthus Plants & Their Bloom Colors

Dianthus Type Bloom Color
Firewitch Dianthus Hot Pink 
Kahori Dianthus Fuchsia 
Odessa Yellow Bling Bling Dianthus Lemon Yellow
Passion Dianthus Firetruck Red
Tickled Pink Dianthus Wild Berry Pink