Sunday, 28 February 2010

Sweet William ~ Dianthus barbatus

Pictured above is my cat, Mrs. Woman. She LOVES Sweet William and guards it well.

Organic, heirloom and open-pollinated, a lovely cottage garden addition with many mixed colours, as you can see in the picture.
Sweet William is very Fragrant, grows from 8" - 14" tall, and is hardy to Zone 3, USDA.
It's often considered a self seeding perennial that is treated as a biennial and is a wonderful addition to any garden since all pollinators love them!
Available for sale here.
A Bit About Dianthus:

Dianthus are an old fashioned flower dating back 2000 years ago. They include pinks, carnations and Sweet William, among others.
You'll find annuals, biennials and perennials in varied heights and characteristics. Some dianthus are hardy all the way to Zone 3, including mine.
These wonderful little plants are survivors with a few quirky little traits.

The carnations we buy from florists are a large hybrid variety grown specially for commercial use. All dianthus are charming and add an old fashioned touch to the garden.

Culture Notes:

Sweet William should not be mulched or over watered. They need plenty of air circulation, and do not like soil or mulch touching the stems and foliage.

Sweet William requires at least 4-5 hours of sun per day, fertile, and well drained soil. When preparing the soil for dianthus, you might add a little lime to sweeten the soil.
Dianthus can be grown in container as well. Add a little grit, such as sand, to a standard potting mix for containers. "Sow" easy to grow!
Happy Gardening!


Kyna said...

What a beautiful cat! :D And such beautiful flowers, she's right to be guarding them :D

KarenSloan-WallFlowerStudio said...

Thanks, Kyna! She's sitting here on my lap as I type. Not always very convenient, but I wouldn't have it any other way. Appreciate your visit! : )