Dianthus is one of my all time favorite plants. The name Dianthus is from the Greek words dios ("god") and anthos ("flower"), a very fitting name for such a great plant. They are easy to grow, hardy, and give you a great color show. There are over 300 types of Dianthus. They perfer a cool climate, and rich, well drained soil. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. The species are mostly perennial herbs, a few are annual or biennial. This flower would be a great addition to any ones garden.