Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionFruit Punch® 'Cherry Vanilla' (Dianthus hybrid) is the perfect way to add cheer to your garden. Each carnation-like bloom is a delightful ruffled confection of deep red-pink and crisp white. Its handsome blue-green foliage makes a lovely textural accent in the garden. Long blooming, 'Cherry Vanilla' makes an excellent cut flower for small arrangements. This sun-loving perennial is hardy and heat tolerant, making it not only stunning but worry-free too!
DetailsBotanical name: Dianthus'Cherry Vanilla' Patent #: PP29684 Common name: Carnation, pinks, cheddar pinks Zone: 4 – 9 Sun exposure: Sun (> 6 hours sun) Height x width: 8- 10" X 8-12" Flower color: Red Foliage color: Blue-green Season of interest: Late spring - early summer Bloom time: Spring, summer Features: Space savers, proven winners, low flammability, ground covers, deer resistant, container plants, best for beginners Uses: Alpine and rock, container gardening, cottage gardening, edging, erosion control, ground cover, massing, rock garden, slopes, small spaces, under planting How To GrowSoil: Dianthus aren't particularly fussy about soil, though they do require good drainage. Light: Full sun is preferred; can grow in part shade, though the blooms will not be as prolific. Water: Average water needs. Drought tolerant once established, but should be watered regularly during periods of hot, dry weather. Spacing: 12 inches Fertilizing: Nothing special required; one application of garden fertilizer in early spring is sufficient. Winterizing: Remove all the dead and fallen plant matter to prevent the risk of rot or damage. Evergreen perennial may look a bit tatty coming out of harsh winters, but will recover as spring begins. Maintenance & pruning: Little to no pruning or maintenance needed. Though deadheading is not required, it will encourage additional flower production. Cut blooms as desired to use in arrangements.