Dianthus are drought-tolerant plants ideal for sunny spots at the edge of a flower bed or a path. With a long bloom period from late spring until early autumn, dianthus' attractive mounding growth and flowers are complemented by a heady fragrance of spicy sweetness that is reminiscent of cinnamon and cloves. The species are mostly herbaceous perennials, with frilled or pinked margined flowers that range from pale to dark pink.
Plant dianthus in fertile, well-drained soil in an area that receives full sun to partial shade. Water the plant when dry and only at the base to prevent mildew spotting. Hardiness zones range from 3-9.