Dianthus with Sweet William - is one more vigorous than the other?

  1. GmaGoldie profile image80
    GmaGoldieposted 4 years ago

    Dianthus with Sweet William - is one more vigorous than the other?

    I have red Dianthus at the corner of my house and just last fall planted Sweet William in pink. So far the Dianthus is stunning and the sweet william appears very frail. I wish to finish out the border but fear the Sweet William will prove not as vivacious as the red Dianthus. Any experience to offer suggestions to the gardener who is not accustom to sunny plants?

  2. OldRoses profile image94
    OldRosesposted 4 years ago

    Sweet William is a variety of Dianthus.  It is a short lived perennial.  Most perennials, like your carnations (dianthus), last up to nine years.  Short lived perennials only last two or three years.  Instead of cutting off the dead flowers, allow them to go to seed so that you will have a constant crop of new Sweet William in your garden.

 
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