Dianthus Fire and Ice
Dianthus 'Fire and Ice' photo courtesy of Walters Gardens


Dianthus 'Fire and Ice' produces lots of raspberry coloured blooms with light pink spots and a precise white picotee edge on each rounded petal. The strongly contrasting colours really make the blooms pop. The clump form is short, dense and compact making this the perfect size for edging.

  • Height: 20 - 25 cm (8 - 10 in)
  • Spread: 30 - 36 cm (12 - 14 in)
  • Cold Hardiness: Zone 4
  • Sun or Shade: sun
  • Bloom Time: early summer
  • Leaf Colour: blue-green
  • Bloom Colour: raspberry red
  • Critter Resistance: deer
  • Nature Attraction: butterflies

Growing and Maintenance Tips

Dianthus grow best in loose, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils.  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. Plant them at the same level they were growing in the pots,  Pinch or snip off dead flowers to prevent seed formation and encourage additional blooming. At the end of the growing season, cut flower stems back to the ground. Mulch is helpful but keep it away from the crown of the plant.

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