Companion Plants For Dianthus – Tips On What To Plant With Dianthus

Image by changephoto

By Mary H. Dyer, Master Naturalist and Master Gardener

Old-fashioned flowers favored by gardeners for generations, Dianthus are low maintenance plants prized for their ruffly blooms and sweet-spicy scent. If you’re wondering what to plant with dianthus in your garden, read on for helpful tips and suggestions.

Companion Planting with Dianthus

When it comes to dianthus plant companions, look for plants that share the same growing conditions. For example, dianthus prefers bright sunlight and well-drained, dry soil, so plants that like shade and moist soil aren’t good companion plants for dianthus.

Often, other old-fashioned flowers, like roses or verbena, complement dianthus beautifully. Mild-scented flowers, such as lavender or scented geraniums, work well, but be careful of strong-scented plants that may detract from the aroma of dianthus.

Consider color as well, and what combinations are pleasing to your eye. The red, pink, white and purple shades of dianthus may be overpowered by bright orange marigolds or intensely colored Kniphofia (red hot pokers). However, this is a matter of personal preference.

Otherwise, if you like the appearance and color of a plant, go ahead and give it a try. Chances are, you’ll find a number of choices that work well with dianthus.

What to Plant with Dianthus

Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Annuals

Perennials

Shrubs

Print This Article
This article was last updated on
Did you find this helpful?
Share it with your friends!

Additional Help & Information

Didn't find the answer to your question? Ask one of our friendly gardening experts.

Do you know anything about gardening? Help answer someone's gardening question.

Read more articles about Dianthus.

Search for more information

Use the search box below to find more gardening information on Gardening Know How: