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 full sun in loose, fertile well drained soil with a neutral to slightly alkaline pH and even moisture. Adding a little grit to the soil will improve drainage because excessive moisture can kill the plants. Dianthus can handle short periods of dryness but watering is necessary during drought. Dead heading regularly will encourage repeat bloom and keep the plants looking attractive. After the first flush of bloom cut all the spent flower stems down to encourage another flush of bloom later in the summer. The foliage is evergreen in our area so a spring trim is necessary to clean up winter damage