Dianthus 'Frosty Fire'
  Common Name: Pinks
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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Double, chinese lacquer-red blooms explode above mounds of icy blue-green, evergreen foliage. If deadheaded, this cultivar will flower in early summer and in the fall.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  6 Inches
Spread:
  9 Inches
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Early fall
Looking for seasonal interest?:
  Evergreen (in some or all zones)
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Rock Garden
  Eclectic

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Size(s) Offered:

  Plugs: 30ct
  Plugs: 72ct

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Drought Tolerant
Edging
Evergreen
Mass Planting
Salt Tolerant
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & 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.

Do a thorough clean-up in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch to protect the evergreen foliage. As soon as the weather begins to warm up, remove all of this mulch to prevent crown rot.

Dianthus can be propagated by division every few years in early spring, just as the new growth begins to appear. This is recommended because Dianthus tends to be a short-lived perennial otherwise. It is also easily raised from seed, but named varieties will not come true like the plain species will.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Campanula carpatica 'Pearl Deep Blue'
Common Name: Bellflower-Carpathian
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Geranium 'Rozanne' PP12175
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
5,6,7,8
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Sedum 'Purple Emperor'
Common Name: Stonecrop-Autumn
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Viola 'Purple Showers'
Common Name: Violet
5,6,7,8
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Coreopsis grandiflora 'Early Sunrise'
Common Name: Tickseed
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Veronica 'Sunny Border Blue'
Common Name: Speedwell
4,5,6,7,8
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Fun Facts:

What came first--the color or the flower? The color we call "pink" was actually named after "Pinks,"  the common name of Dianthus.

Did you know Dianthus flowers are edible?  The individual petals have a sweet taste just like their perfumed scent.

While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.