Dianthus ‘Pike’s Pink’ -This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner features sweet clove-scented pale pink flowers (semi-double) with each petal having a deep fuchsia base. These are borne over evergreen bluish-green foliage beginning in June, with deadheading prolonging the flower display. Prefers neutral to slightly alkaline soil. Grows 6″ high by 18″ wide. Zone 4.
Dianthus gratianopolitanus ‘Spotty’ – Sweetly scented cherry red blooms are generously mottled with a white (or very pale pink) picotee and spotting on the petals, flowering from late spring to midsummer. This mat-forming perennial has bluish-green foliage and is usually deer resistant. Makes a good cut flower for miniature bouquets. Grows 6″ high by 12″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.
Dianthus ‘Fire Star’ (syn. ‘Devon Xera’) – Part of the Star Series out of Devon England, this old-fashioned pink features bright red single blooms (fringed petals) with a deeper crimson eye. It usually has a heavy display of flowers in early summer, with a light rebloom in the fall. The flowers have a spicy clove fragrance and are borne over grey-green foliage. Grows 6-8″ high. Zone 5.
Dianthus deltoides ‘Arctic Fire’ – A delightful Dianthus with small single white flowers which have a bright fuchsia ring, with a light pink center. These are borne from June to August over foliage (which forms a dense mat) that is green in summer, taking on reddish-purple tones in the cooler weather. Often self-seeds if not deadheaded. Grows 8″ high by 12-15″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.
Dianthus SUGAR PLUM (syn. ‘WP08 IAN04’) – Part of the FIRST SCENT SERIES with fragrant (spicy) semi-double blooms of cherry red with pale pink picotee edges, borne over bluish-green foliage. This RHS Award of Garden Merit winner also works well in containers and window boxes. Flowering is heavy from May to June, and continues into fall. Grows 8″ high by 15″ wide. Zone 5.