Sweet William

Dianthus barbatus

Photo/Illustration: 
Alain Charest
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Sweet William (Dianthus barbatus)
dy-ANN-thus bar-BAT-us
Genus:  Dianthus
These short-lived perennials or biennials are charming plants, and are worth their weight in gold in the cottage border. After flowering, the attractive foliage holds the space well.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Various cultivars produce colorful and disc-like blossoms, which are decoratively fringed and intensely fragrant. They are equally stunning as single colors, bicolors, or in a mixed palette.
Care:  Grow in fertile, moist but well drained soil in full sun.
Propagation:  Sow seed of biennials in summer; plants will bloom the following year.
Problems:  Crown rot, slugs, sow bugs, grasshoppers, chipmunks, squirrels, deer.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Orange/Salmon Flower,
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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