Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Dianthus 'Ruby Sparkles'

Border Carnation

This eye catching red Dianthus produces masses of large 1-2”, single, magenta red blossoms with a well-defined, deep ruby eye and deeply serrated petals.  Their spicy fragrance is intoxicating!  The colorful flowers blanket the tightly compact clump of grey-green foliage in early summer and early fall.


8 In


14 In

Hardiness Zone:

4 - 9

Border Carnation Growing and Maintenance Tips

Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils. Lime can be added to the soil if it is naturally acidic to raise the pH. Dianthus can be grown in full sun or part shade, but the foliage will not be as lush and fewer flowers will be produced if it is grown in hot, dry areas. Regular watering during prolonged dry spells will be necessary. However, they are tolerant of short periods of dryness.

Dianthus 'Ruby Sparkles' Characteristics


  • Container
  • Evergreen
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage
  • Fragrant
  • Dried Flower
  • Mass Plant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Salt Tolerant
  • Border
  • Edging

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Butterflies

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Fall
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Late Summer

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average