Dianthus barbatus 'Green Trick'

Dianthus 'Green Trick' is a non-flowering form of sweet William, with vibrant green pompom heads right through summer and autumn. More
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One of my current favourite border plants and cut flowers. Among the very best foliage plants you can grow looking good for at least six months in the garden. A non-petalled flowering form of Sweet Williams, with vibrant green pompom heads right through summer and autumn.

Genus Dianthus
Group/Species barbatus
Variety Green Trick
Type Short-lived Perennial (grown as a Biennial)
Common Name Sweet William
Border Position Front, Middle
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45cm (18in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Plant in fertile well drained soil with plenty of sunlight or grow in a container. Do not plant to close to other plants where air movement might be restricted.
Care Tips Feed with rose or tomato fertiliser and keep as moist as possible although they do tolerate dry weather once established. Deadhead to promote further flowering.
Flowering June - October
Vase Life This will last over a month in the vase.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
How to get summer colours in an autumn garden

For an abundant autumn, plant smart and you’ll be enjoying beautiful flowers for months.


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Dianthus barbatus 'Green Trick' reviews

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Reviewed 24th November 2018 by Betty

I think I have prematurely answered this above already. Sorry I can't send photos.

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Reviewed 20th November 2018 by Ann

Sorry this plant failed turned brown soon after planting. I did email to ask if it set seed.

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Jo-Anna

I planted some in Edinburgh which hardly grew or flowered.
I planted others in my french home &they were magnificent with enormous flowers. .admired by many..especially the french..who hadn't seen them before.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Linda

Much admired and grew well.

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Reviewed 31st October 2018 by Graham

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Maureen

The service was good but the product didn’t last as long as wished for, however our very hot summer temperatures could have had a significant impact on its durability

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Gill

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Anita

I was very pleased with my purchase of "Green Trick" although it did take some time to establish, plenty of people commented on how unusual the plants were, I am hoping they will survive the winter and flower again next year.

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Catriona

Interesting shape and colour rather leggy and smothered the plants they were with

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Jan

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Sara

Very slow to get started but still giving me plenty of flowers now.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Helen

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Elizabeth

The plant was almost dead when it arrived and the soil was mouldy. After complaining the plant was replaced but it took weeks for the replacement to arrive.
I appreciate transporting plants must be difficult but it obviously needs to be right.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Dianthus and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by Stephen

Good healthy plant, flowered all summer and still is. Excellent life span as a cut flower.

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by VANESSA

This years purchase was not as successful as last year - in fact last years plants which continued to flower for almost 9 months have done better than the new plants!

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Pam

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Jayne

Definitely unusual, but I found this plant to be a bit too small to have much impact in my flower arrangements. I can imagine it would work well in small posies, but I like my arrangements to be big and boisterous. It didn't grow very tall for me, only about 12 inches, not the 18 inches it says on the website, but that may have been the hot summer and drought (2018). Also the heads were not 'spidery' like in the pictures, but rounder, like a half ball. They do last a long time in the vase though.

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by KATH

Flowered well all summer and still going strong. Good in flower arrangements too. Excellent service too.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Vivien

Everything I received was well packed. Plants were healthy and given me enormous pleasure all summer

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Douglas

Colour good but very little stem height - just above ground

Made me smile

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Reviewed 7th September 2017 by Jane Bellinger

Loved these pom-poms. They stay a vibrant green and last for ages. They did better in a pot than window box as they are tall stemmed and lean out after a while. Look great with the Erigeron daisies or other perennials.

Well worth the money

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Reviewed 20th August 2016 by Euan

I had fancied these for a long time but resisted as they seemed rather expensive. I'm glad I splashed out though as they are truly lovely. Surprisingly tall plants, rather floppy, bearing multiple flower heads which despite their fluffy appearance are actually quite robust. They last very well in a vase. If mine don't come back next year I shall certainly buy some more.

Unusual cute Green plant

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Reviewed 14th August 2016 by Mrs R Smith

I purchased these last season and they did really well, I even cut a few for a floral arrangement I did at class and they added a different texture. The flowers lasted ages in the garden. I thought they were just an annual but to my delight they have appeared again this year, there aren't as many flowers but still two out of the three plants have come back again. I will be buying more plants next season so I can cut more of these very cute little green flowers. I love them. Yes I would recommend them to anyone who likes something a little bit different.

Todiefor bright green balls!!!

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Reviewed 6th November 2014 by Wendy Steele

I have never seen flowers like these they really are Tdf!!!!
We have a holiday let on Anglesey and the number of guests that have commented on them is amazing.
We live over the road from the sea and I was a bit worried about the salt wind but I needn't have bothered. It's now November and they are still flowering like mad.
Can't tell you enough how much I recommend them.