I'm always on the look out for ways to add pops of color in the garden without breaking the bank. For this, my go to plant is the Dianthus.
Each of these colors shown here in my garden are from one little pack. It amazes me how full of blooms these are! I'm guessing these plants are about 5 years old. Not quite an 'annual'. I live in a zone 5-6 area, but I have had them come back when I lived in zone 4 also.
One of the best things about the Dianthus is that the bees, hummingbirds, and butterflies love them! This black swallowtail is loving a fresh drink from the Sweet William.