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Bright flowers, handsome foliage, and a penchant for lean soil make dianthus a popular addition to the perennial garden.

trio of dianthus

With an abundance of bright flowers topping attractive foliage, dianthus holds a special spot in many gardeners’ hearts. It’s also drought-tolerant and forgiving about soil—actually preferring lean, sandy soil as long as it’s not waterlogged or acidic. Available in perennial and sometimes annual form, dianthus deals well with heat as long as temperatures are not overly humid.

Good companions include perennial geranium, coralbells (Heuchera), iris, and salvia.

maroon and white dianthus

Plant Type: Perennial

Zones: 4 - 8

Height: 2–15 in

Width: 2–15 in

Light Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom Color: Pink, Purple, Red, White, Yellow

Bloom Time: Early Summer, Mid Summer

Foilage: Blue/Silver

Special Features: Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Fragrant Flowers, Low Maintenance, Pest Tolerant

Uses: Container Plant, Cut Flowers, Groundcover, Slope/Erosion


Growing Dianthus

Dianthus grows well in lean, well-drained soil; avoid wet or acidic soil with a pH under 6. Fertilize during the growing season to encourage reblooming. Deadhead regularly. Divide before new growth appears in spring every 2 to 3 years.

12 Container Garden Combos

Plant one of these 12 container combinations. Each is a simple yet attractive way to mix and match a variety of plants.

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Northeast Gardening: Corner Garden Plan

Here's a nifty corner garden plan from Lowe's Northeast region gardening contributor Irene Virag.

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