Sweet William

Native to Southern Europe and parts of Asia, Sweet William has so many different varieties that they are grouped into very precise categories related to their growing habits.  Each year more and more colours, sizes and habits are developed. It is considered a biennial or short lived perennial that is easily grown from seed or spread by letting it self sow.  If you have a variety you are particularly fond of it’s best to collect it’s seed so you can enjoy it year after year.It is nectar rich and should be deadheaded to encourage repeated blooming for the butterflies and bees to enjoy.

Known to represent gallantry, Catherine Middleton used Sweet William in her bouquet as a tribute to her future husband.

Sweet William

Dianthus barbatus

  • Light Exposure: Sun-partial shade
  • Soil Type: Well draining
  • Height: 4-18″
  • Width: 6-10″
  • Bloom Time: Late Spring
  • Bloom Colour: White, pink, salmon, red, purple
  • Foliage Colour: Green
  • Pests and Disease: Trouble free
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies, cut flowers, fragrant
  • Zone: 3-10

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