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Dianthus 'Green Ball' (Sweet William)

Sweet William 'Green Ball', Bearded Pink 'Green Ball', Bloomy Down 'Green Ball', London Pride 'Green Ball', London Tufts 'Green Ball', Oeillet des Poètes 'Green Ball', Dianthus barbatus 'Green Ball'


Quite unique, Dianthus barbatus 'Green Ball' (Sweet William) produces perfectly round, fuzzy, ball-shaped, lime green flowers, up to 3 in. across (7 cm), in late spring and summer. The vivid blossoms rise on stiff, erect stems clad with long, glossy, dark green leaves. This hardy annual or short-lived perennial is a charming addition to beds and containers. It is prized by florists, thanks to its long vase life (up to two weeks), and can even be dried to last longer.

  • Growing up to 10-14 in. tall (25-35 cm) and 8-12 in. wide (20-30 cm)
  • Thrives in full sun in organically rich, well-drained soils. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates.
  • Excellent choice for beds and borders, cottage gardens or containers.
  • Sow seeds in spring for bloom the following year.
  • Deadhead as required. Propagate by seed sown in late spring and plant out into flowering positions in the fall
  • Susceptible to crown rot and rust in poorly-drained soils. Watch for snails and slugs.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" – 15" (30cm – 37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 8
Heat Zones 1 – 9
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Dianthus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 10" – 2' (25cm – 60cm)
Spread 8" – 1' (20cm – 30cm)
Spacing 12" – 15" (30cm – 37cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

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