DIANTHUS hybrid Dessert Series ‘Cranberry Ice’

Dianthus –

0232 Evergreen plants. Many are fragrant with gray to green foliage. Blooms in late spring early summer.
The plants in this series tend to be very vigorous with a more open mounding habit than the Star series. Spread 10-14″”. Disease resistant. Fragrant.
Cranberry Ice has rose pink flowers with a cranberry red eye and a matching wide, picotee, pinked edge. Each fragrant blossom measures about 1 1/2 inches across, providing terrific color impact in the garden or in containers. They contrast superbly with the mounded, blue-green foliage.

Winchester Gardens generally stocks this item. 

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Dianthus
Cranberry Ice
Perennial
4
Spring, Summer
Magenta, Pink, White
Gray, Green
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6-12″
18″

Planting Instructions
Plant in spring or fall, spacing plants 6 to 12 inches apart, depending on the type. Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the plant’s container. Carefully remove the plant from its pot and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Water thoroughly.

Care
Apply a thin layer of compost each spring, followed by a 2-inch layer of mulch to retain moisture and control weeds. Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. Stake tall varieties to keep them upright. Remove spent blooms on tall varieties, or shear back mounding plants after bloom to encourage rebloom. After the first killing frost, cut stems back to an inch or two above soil line. Divide plants every 3 to 4 years as new growth begins in the spring, lifting plants and dividing them into clumps.

Companion Plants
Perennial geranium – The grassy foliage of pinks combines well with coarser geranium leaves. Magenta to blue blooms of geranium coordinate beautifully with the pink, white, and rose shades of pinks.
Coralbells – Coral bells make a wonderful backup plant for groundcover pinks or a great foreground plant for taller types.
Iris – Irises and dianthus are a classic cottage garden combination. Their heady fragrances can perfume an entire yard.

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