Dianthus is a Greek word meaning “god flower”, and appreciation of its beauty as a flower for decoration goes back to the 14th century; this makes them one of the geriatric members of our modern day flower beds.
Dianthus like full sun; they do better in neutral to sweet soil, but it must be drainable, no wet feet, especially during the winter dormant time.
Sweet Williams are the most popular dianthus with their bicolor flowers in the late spring, but being a biennial you will need to mix in a second planting the following year. Pinks are low-growing and great for rock gardens and accent planting. Carnations are taller and make great cut flowers.
All Dianthus smell nice to us, but not to deer; being dim-witted animals maybe they’ll catch a whiff and move on.
Because of their size variations Dianthus are easy to place in any landscape setting, provided you have the sun for them.