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Dianthus 'Apple Slice' PP21842

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Series Name: FRUIT PUNCH® Series
Common Name: Pinks
Proven Winners® Perennial

These fragrant, intricately patterned, deep velvety red, 1.5" double blossoms have pale pink to white blotches in the center of each petal with a matching narrow picotee edge.  They are presented on 10" tall wiry stems above a grassy mound of glaucous blue-green, grassy foliage.

Deer resistant, low maintenance and drought tolerant, attracts butterflies, fragrant, cute cut flower—what more could one want in a perennial?  The Dianthus FRUIT PUNCH®series delivers all that and more in your choice of four colors.  Double flowers stand like mini carnations atop a short mound of evergreen foliage in early summer.  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.

Intro Year: 2008

Breeder: Kevin Hurd

Introducer: Walters Gardens, Inc. / Proven Winners

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  10 Inches
Spread:
  12 Inches
Flower Color:
  Red shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8,9
Find Your Zone
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
  Cottage
  Rock Garden
  Eclectic

Attributes:

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

Grower Note:

Watch a video about how to finish FRUIT PUNCH® Dianthus successfully by clicking on this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rWi0SQCih8

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.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Helictotrichon sempervirens 'Sapphire'
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Digitalis hybrida 'Camelot Rose'
Common Name: Foxglove
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Geranium 'Perfect Storm'
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
5,6,7,8
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Achillea millefolium 'Sunny Seduction' PP20808
Common Name: Yarrow
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sedum 'Pure Joy' PP24194 CPBRAF
Common Name: Stonecrop
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Panicum virgatum 'Cheyenne Sky' PP23209
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Gypsophila paniculata FESTIVAL STAR™ ('Danfestar' PP14818 CPBR2631)
Common Name: Baby's Breath
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Iberis ABSOLUTELY AMETHYST® ('IB2401' PP23048 CPBRAF)
Common Name: Candytuft-Evergreen
4,5,6,7,8,9
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Veronica 'Sweet Lullaby' PP23611
Common Name: Speedwell-Spike
4,5,6,7,8
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History:

The female parent of all members of the double flowered FRUIT PUNCH® Series is D. 'Double Spotty'.  'Double Spotty' was a selected seedling of 'Spotty' made by the Fleming Brothers.  'Spotty' was the result of a 40-year breeding program conducted by the Fleming Brothers.

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.