Lovelorn Sweet William

Dianthus barbatus is one cottage garden flower I would never be without. I grow mine from seed and they are charmingly variegated with little fringes. I have grown the solid colors as well, but I get the mixed seed type so one never knows what colors will show up!  In bloom, the fragrance carries through the air.

Fine Gardening calls them short-lived perennials or biennials. I knock the ripe seeds to the garden bed, so am never without.

  • Full Sun
  • Medium moisture
  • Clumping habit
  • Self seeds
  • Short 1ft to tall 3ft varieties
  • Late spring to early summer bloom
  • Attracts bees, butterflies, birds
  • Edible flowers

Pink Sweet William