Dianthus Cherry Vanilla
Dianthus Cherry Vanilla


Dianthus ‘Cherry Vanilla’ is part of the FRUIT PUNCH® series from Proven Winners. It has fully double, carnation-like flowers that stand atop a compact mound of narrow blue green foliage. The deep red flowers have a sharply contrasting, very light pink picotee edge that makes the color pop. The sweetly scented flowers appear proportionately above the narrow, blue-green foliage. A quick shearing after flowering will encourage them to rebloom in early fall. Dianthus is just the right size to edge the front of the sunny border and use in combination containers. The FRUIT PUNCH® series of Dianthus is one of the favourite foods of Giant Swallowtails in our garden.

  • Height: 20-25 cm (8-10 in)
  • Spread: 20-30 cm (8-12 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4-8
  • Sun or Shade: Sun to partial shade
  • Bloom Time: early summer with rebloom in fall
  • Leaf Colour: blue-green
  • Bloom Colour: red
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies and bees

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.  Do a thorough clean-up of fallen leaves and other debris in the fall to prevent pest and disease problems, and add a layer of mulch up to but not on the crown of the plant. 

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