Dianthus ‘Paint the Town Magenta’



This family of plants, which includes carnations, are characterized by the spicy fragrance the blooms emit. “Pinks” or “Sweet William”, technically named “Dianthus”, blooms may be single or double (think little carnations).

The mounding shape and long blooming time of dianthus plants make them a welcome addition to flower pots where they are often used as the filler in the container manta “Thriller, Filler & Spiller”.

These dianthus have grasslike, blue-green foliage and abundant pink starry flowers, which are often spicily fragrant. 

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Dianthus ‘Paint the Town Magenta’

Common Names: Sweet William, Pinks
Zones: 5 to 8
Height: 6 to 8 inches
Spread: 12 to 14 inches
Bloom Time: May to August
Bloom Description: Magenta: Bright Red to Purple, Showy, Fragrant
Sun: Partial to Full sun
Maintenance: Low
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Tolerates: Deer

Fun Fact

The common name Sweet William doesn’t derive from the prince, or any other man named William; rather, it is a derivative of the French word that means “little eye.”

Carnations are one of the oldest cut flowers, with their documented use reaching back as far as 2,000 years ago. 


Remove any spent blooms. This will encourage the plant to continue flowering, and prevent them from wasting energy on producing seed.

Gardening Tips

Dianthus never get too tall and hold onto their branches long into the winter, making them ideal Groundcover.  Adding a few of these at once can reduce your need to mulch and weed for years to come.


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