In November 2009 I purchased a package of mixed colors Dianthus barbatus (Sweet William) seeds from an eBay seller by the name of seeds2yous which has since gone out of business. Because of construction about my house, I didnít plant the seeds until late spring and then in a large pot. For the summer and fall the Dianthus barbatus grew very slowly. When winter arrived I moved the pot to a sheltered and hoped for the best. For most of the winter the pot was covered with 3 or more feet of snow. Wirth return of spring the Dianthus barbatus grew quickly and bloomed in the third week in May. The attached picture was taken on June 6, 2011 when the Dianthus were just passed their peek. I am now looking forward to collecting seeds for next years crop. The Sweet William lived up to its name and were very fragrant but not up to the level of Dianthus carthusianorum which I disused previously. http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1182187/
Is anyone else growing Dianthus barbatus? Are there any thoughts on Dianthus in pots vs. garden planting?