Deer leave this little evergreen perennial alone.


Coconut Punch Carnation

1-Quart
Item # 49328
$12.95
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Dianthus 'Coconut Punch' PP#21,876

The deep burgundy accents are overtaken by white as the season progresses.
Plant Patent#21,876.

Coconut Punch™ is marvelously fragrant, double-flowered, and brightly colored. When it begins blooming its flowers are a rich burgundy with pure white margins, but as the season continues, the white becomes more and more prominent -- hence the "coconut punch" of its name! By the time it ceases in early autumn, the blooms are white with red blotches! Fun, easy to grow, and simply beautiful, this Pinks deserves a home in your best patio containers, sunny border, and other small spaces where you need a jolt of fragrance and evergreen color.

The season begins in early summer, when the 1½- to 2-inch blooms begin appearing on long stems above needle-shaped blue-green leaves. Perfect for buttonholes, nosegays, and bouquets, these blooms last a long time after cutting, their stems very sturdy. They release a spicy scent that is usually compared to cloves but has strong overtones of allspice or cardamom -- sweet and complex.

The blooms continue in waves all summer and through the first part of autumn, becoming whiter and whiter. They make good companions in the vase to everything from roses to all the daisy-shaped, single-flowered summer perennials. Though just a foot wide and high in bloom (much shorter the rest of the year!), Coconut Punch™ makes a big impact in the garden.

This Carnation is generally left unnibbled by deer, and demonstrates good resistance to heat. Its breeding is impeccable: one parent is the famous 'Double Spotty.' Kevin Hurd developed Coconut Punch™ in 2008 as part of the lively Fruit Punch™ series, and we're certain it's set to become a classic! Enjoy this flamboyant little beauty. Zones 4-9.

Genus
Dianthus
Variety
'Coconut Punch'
ppaf
PP#21,876
Item Form
1-Quart
Zone
4 - 9
BloomStartToEnd
Early Summer - Early Fall
Habit
Mound-shaped
PlantHeight
12 in
PlantWidth
12 in
BloomSize
1.5 in - 2 in
Additional Characteristics
Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Double Blooms, Easy Care Plants, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Long Bloomers, Repeat Bloomer, Rose Companions
Bloom Color
Dark Red, Multi-Color, White
Foliage Color
Blue Green
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements
Dry, Moist,  well-drained
Resistance
Cold Hardy, Deer Resistance, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Pest Resistant
Soil Tolerance
Normal,  loamy
Uses
Border, Containers, Cut Flowers, Ground Cover, Outdoor, Winter Interest
Restrictions
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
  • Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.

  • If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.

  • Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.

  • Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.

  • Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.

  • Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.

  • Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.

  • Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.

  • Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.

  • If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.

  • Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Deer Resistant Trees

As the deer population has boomed and food has become scarcer, they have become more aggressive. In some areas deer will strip your garden bare, leaving nothing green or flowery behind. While there is no such thing as a completely deer-proof garden, there are some effective things you can do to protect your garden from these hungry animals.

Use physical barriers


A High Fence
Deer can jump pretty high, but a fence higher than eight feet (higher on an up-slope) and flush with the ground will keep any deer out.

Electric Fences
They are a much easier and less expensive solution. Deer generally will not try to jump electric fences, but will rather try to climb through the wires, receiving a deterring shock.

Bird-Netting
An even less extreme physical option is to put bird netting over your larger and more susceptible plants.

Plant Deer-resistant Varieties

Herbs, some conifers, and many flowers are some of the best deer-resistant plants. More fragrant plants will often deter predation. Planting just a few deer-resistant plants will limit grazing of your other plants. Remember, "deer-resistant" does not mean deer-proof. A hungry animal will eat just about anything.

Having a dog In the Family

Dogs Keep Deer Away Owning a dog, especially a big dog will almost always keep deer from approaching your home. Just the scent of the dog will keep most deer away, and if your dog lives outside you will probably never see any deer.

For most gardeners, it is a combination of different solutions that works best. Every gardener has to find the solution that works best in their garden.

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Tips for gardening in particularly hot, dry climates:


1. Water with a drip system whenever possible – soak the bed slowly and thoroughly to a depth of 10" to 12".

2. Watering deeply every 3 to 5 days is preferable to a shallow daily watering.

3. Water in the early morning, so foliage has time to dry.

4. Add a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch or similar material to aid in water retention and help keep the roots cool during hot weather.