Sweet William dianthus plants have long been one of my absolute favorite biennial flowers. As a biennial, the flowers require two growing seasons before they will bloom. In the first season, plants produce foliage. The following summer, they will begin to bloom.
Though most all open-pollinated dianthus of this type will be biennial, there are actually several hybrids would will grow and bloom in one season. The ‘Sweet’ series of Sweet William is one of these types. Technically, seeds can be started in very early spring, transplanted, and will then bloom during the summer. After ordering a “mix” packet of seed, I was eager to post the results here on the blog.
The ‘Sweet’ series contains several very beautiful colors. I definitely think that these white and purple bi-colors were one of my absolute favorites. The contrast between the two colors was just so bright and cheerful.
Another really great attribute of sweet william is its ability to “stand” in the garden. Once the bloom has opened, the robust flowers look great for weeks. Regardless of the stage in which they are picked, they also seem to have a great vase life.
So, what do you think? Have you ever grown the ‘Sweet’ series of Sweet William dianthus before? I’d love to hear all about your experiences down in the comment section below. Thank you so much for stopping by the blog! I hope that you’re having a great day!