Sweet William - Mix (Dianthus barbatus) Pink, Purple, White, Burgundy Heirloom Flower Mix
Height 12-18 in
The Sweet William Mix (Dianthus barbatus) in shades of Pink, Purple, White, and Burgundy is a charming and timeless heirloom flower blend that graces gardens with its beauty and sweet fragrance. Sweet William, a classic biennial or short-lived perennial, displays clusters of small, densely-petaled blossoms in an array of captivating colors. With hues ranging from soft pink and deep purple to pristine white and rich burgundy, this mix combines elegance and a touch of nostalgia. Its delightful aroma and multi-colored blooms make it a garden favorite for both floral displays and attracting pollinators.
The Sweet William Mix offers a delightful blend of colors and a nostalgic touch to your garden. Following these growing instructions will help you cultivate a thriving and vibrant patch of Sweet William flowers.
1. **Select the Right Spot:** Choose a sunny location in your garden for planting Sweet William. While it can tolerate light shade, full sun encourages more prolific flowering. Ensure well-draining soil to prevent waterlogged roots.
2. **Soil Preparation:** Sweet William prefers fertile, slightly alkaline to neutral soil. Prepare the soil by adding organic matter like compost to enhance fertility and improve moisture retention.
3. **Planting Seeds:** Sow the Sweet William seeds in early spring or late summer. Scatter the seeds directly onto the soil surface or plant them 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep. Space seeds or seedlings 6-12 inches apart to allow adequate room for growth.
4. **Watering:** Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Water at the base of the plants to prevent fungal diseases. Once established, Sweet William is relatively drought-tolerant.
5. **Thinning:** When the seedlings reach a few inches in height, thin them to the recommended spacing. This ensures better air circulation and healthier plants.
6. **Fertilization:** Sweet William usually thrives with minimal fertilization, but if your soil lacks nutrients, a balanced, all-purpose fertilizer can be applied sparingly in early spring.
7. **Deadheading:** To promote continuous blooming, deadhead spent flowers by pinching them off. This encourages the plant to produce more blooms.
8. **Overwintering:** Sweet William is typically a biennial, meaning it blooms in its second year. You can encourage perennial growth by allowing a few plants to self-seed, ensuring a continuous display in subsequent years.
9. **Enjoy the Mix:** As your Sweet William plants mature, they will produce clusters of captivating pink, purple, white, and burgundy blossoms. The fragrance and color variety make them perfect for floral arrangements or simply to brighten your garden.
Biennial or short lived perennial grown as annual.
- Sun or part shade
- Tolerates poor, dry soil
- Spacing: 25 cm
- Blooms early summer
- Sow indoors 8 weeks before last frost and transplant when seedlings are strong enough to handle or direct seed after the risk of frost has passed. Lightly cover seed.
- Blooms for a fairly extended time. You may get a few flowers in the fall the first year -best show is in second year when it blooms from early June and well into summer. Deadheading is recommended when the clusters fade.
- Seed Count: 1/2 gram