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Dianthus Fruit Punch® 'Black Cherry Frost'
ENLARGE IMAGE Ultra hardy, heat resistant Dianthus . Petal packed fragrant beauty is an easy care and rewarding groundcover that deer stay away from.

Dianthus Fruit Punch® 'Black Cherry Frost'

Loads of velvety-red fragrant semi-double blooms
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ZONE 4,5,6,7,8,9
As low as $12.19
  • Highly fragrant hot red semi-double blooms!!
  • Beautiful blue foliage - even in winter!
  • Showy when planted in groups of 5 or more
  • Sun ground cover that is ultra hardy to Zone 4
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Dianthus Fruit Punch® 'Black Cherry Frost' Description

Infused fragrance! Lavish evergreen foliage & blooms!  Heat tolerant & deer proof!

Border Pinks are hardy perennials and a relative to the carnation. Evergreen grassy mats of narrow leaved blue foliage that do not rot out like older types.   Enjoy year round texture and foliage color - even in snow!

In late spring or early summer, short 6 inch stems display double-layered and deeply notched showstopping red blooms. You'll enjoy unforgettable fragrance on prolific blooms!

Prized for retaining its shape and color, they are highly desirable border or rock garden plants and small enough for tight spaces. You won't want to miss the perfumery so we recommended a planting near patios and pathways where they will be enjoyed.  Grows 6-8 inches tall and 8 inches wide.  Although short-stemmed, they are easy to cut for fragrant bouquets to place around the home. 

How to grow

Plant in full sun to part shade in well drained soil. It prefers average to moist conditions.  It prefers a neutral-to alkaline ph and does well in areas of urban pollution. Unfazed by humidity or brutal heat of summer (even in the south).  They appreciate about an inch of water a week to do well.  By cutting blooms, it often repeats a lighter flowering performance by fall.

How to design with dianthus

Compact enough to fit into almost any sun loving setting. Place near patios, walkways, or other sitting areas where you can take in the perfumery. Plant in large groupings, and enjoy year round sea of blue.  One of the elements of good garden design is using plants that impart colorful foliage color - and you can't go wrong with Dianthus. 

Plant in pots and containers. As foliage grows, it eventually will spill over the sides of pots-and how pretty is that.  Pair with dark-hued and sun loving Heuchera Obsidian for a stop-in-your tracks look!  Plant near the base of yellow flowering Knock Out Roses or upright Sedums.  As the tightly packed foliage fills in, you'll admire how it keeps the weeds down while remaining neat and tidy year-round!

Special features: Attracts butterflies, Cold hardy, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Disease resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Evergreen, Fast growing, Fragrance, Heat tolerant, Pest resistant

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Dianthus 'Black Cherry Frost'
  • Common name:
    Cheddar pinks
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
  • Soil moisture:
  • Height x width:
    8-10" X 12"
  • Flower color:
    Semi-double red
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Late spring-early summer
  • Uses:
    Alpine and rock, Container gardening, Cottage gardening, Edging, Erosion control, Ground cover, Massing, Rock garden, Slopes, Small spaces, Under planting
  • Cannot ship to:
    AK, HI
  • Patent #: PPAF



Soil: 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.